As the Miami Dolphins prepare to try to make a splash in free agency, they addressed their need for depth at offensive tackle Thursday by re-signing Jason Fox to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
Fox played well filling in as a starter at right tackle the final two games of last season. He is expected to be Miami’s No. 3 tackle, behind starters Branden Albert, who has said he’s progressing well from a major knee injury, and Ja’Wuan James.
If Albert “is not able to go Week One, I’ll be ready,” Fox said from Haiti, where he was volunteering at a friend’s orphanage. “I love the situation with this team, where it’s headed.”
As The Miami Herald has reported, the Dolphins are expected to strongly pursue impending free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and Yahoo! reported that Suh has a slight preference for Miami.
NFL Network reported Thursday that Suh is expected to visit the Oakland Raiders next week. ESPN’s Mark Dominik, who is Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey’s friend and former boss in Tampa, identified the Dolphins, Jaguars, Redskins, Giants and Cowboys as the top contenders. The Lions also remain interested in re-signing him, and the Colts also have been mentioned.
“He’s obviously a dominant player, one of the best defensive tackles, if not the best defensive tackle in the NFL,” said Fox, who played with Suh in Detroit.
“He’s a game-changing type of player. In the locker room, he’s not the ‘rah-rah’ guy and he speaks up when he feels like it’s necessary. He’s one of the guys that leads by example. He’s a hard-worker and that shows.”
Teams are permitted to begin speaking to agents for other teams’ free agents at noon Saturday but cannot meet with or sign other teams’ free agents until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
▪ The Dolphins re-signed safety Jordan Kovacs, who appeared in eight games last season, his agent, David Canter, said on Twitter.
▪ Receiver Brian Hartline, cut by the Dolphins last Friday, has visited the Browns, Texans and Bears, and the Dolphins and Hartline haven’t ruled out a return. The Patriots also have expressed interest.