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Miami Dolphins work out trio of right tackles

 
 
Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston (74) looked to stop Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) in the fourth quarter during NFL action on September 9, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston (74) looked to stop Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) in the fourth quarter during NFL action on September 9, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
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WEB VOTE If former UM players Eric Winston and Bryant McKinnie are the finalists for the Dolphins' left tackle job, which one should they sign?

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The Dolphins hope to strike a deal with an offensive tackle very soon after working out right tackles Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo and Winston Justice on Wednesday and left tackle Bryant McKinnie earlier in the week.

The Dolphins prefer to do a short-term deal (one or two years) at modest money. Financial parameters were discussed with agents for some but not all of the four players.

The Dolphins are considering not only what player would be the best fit on the field but also what would make the most sense financially. The team wants to leave its options open to be able to acquire a long-term answer at tackle next offseason, but the Dolphins also have not ruled out trading for a long-term tackle this offseason.

Even while the three right tackles were visiting Wednesday, the Dolphins continued discussions with the representative for McKinnie, who also is considering San Diego, Baltimore and recent overtures from Dallas.

Clabo started every game for the Falcons the past five seasons and was rated 14th among 80 tackles by Pro Football Focus for 2012. Winston started 15 games for the Chiefs and was ranked 26th by PFF.

Justice started 12 games for the Colts and was rated 45th. McKinnie started for the Ravens during their playoff run last season after not starting a game during the regular season.

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