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March 21, 2013

Former UM offensive lineman Eric Winston meeting with Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins aren’t done addressing the tackle position.

The Dolphins aren’t done addressing the tackle position.

The same week Jake Long left for St. Louis and Nate Garner re-signed with the Dolphins, an offensive lineman intimately familiar with the area paid South Florida a visit.

Former Miami Hurricane Eric Winston is meeting with Dolphins officials Wednesday, The Miami Herald has confirmed, with a deal possible.

Winston, 29, is a right tackle who was cut by the Chiefs earlier this month. He has started every game the last six seasons for Kansas City and Houston.

Winston, originally from West Texas, played for UM from 2003 to 2005. Should he sign with Miami, it would signal the team is comfortable with Jonathan Martin at left tackle, where he started for the final month of the season while Long was out with an arm injury.

Elsewhere, the Dolphins are said to have real interest in former Falcons corner Brent Grimes, who visited Davie last week, a league source said.

Grimes, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon injury, has visited multiple teams and will likely make his decision in the next couple of days.

• The Dolphins hosted Jets free agent guard Brandon Moore on a visit that will extend into Thursday. Moore, 32, has started every game for the Jets the past eight seasons. Pro Football Focus ranked his performance fourth among all NFL guards in 2012. The Dolphins are Moore’s first free-agent visit.
• Giants free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who has drawn interest from the Dolphins, made the Atlanta Falcons his first free agent visit on Wednesday.

The Dolphins have about $14 million remaining in cap space and will automatically add $7 million more in space after June 1 because of recent roster moves, including the release of Karlos Dansby.

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones was awarded an additional $256,612 as part of the NFL's performance based pay system that will give $111 million to NFL players based on 2012 play.

Miami Herald staff writer Barry Jackson contributed to this report.

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