After keeping a low profile on Day 1 of free agency, the Dolphins seem poised to pounce on Day 2 — when the prices often come down.
Word emerged Thursday that two veteran defensive ends — Robert Ayers and Jason Jones — and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod will visit the Dolphins in the coming days.
The Dolphins need help on both the offensive and defensive lines, although the Bushrod interest is a bit puzzling. The Dolphins have two productive starting tackles under contract (Branden Albert and Ja’Wuan James) and signed a swing tackle late Wednesday night. That’s when Sam Young, a Coral Springs native, agreed to a one-year, $910,000 contract.
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Plus the Dolphins need guards, not tackles.
While Albert has a large cap figure in 2016 ($10 million), the Dolphins would only save half of that by releasing him. Plus he’s coming off a Pro Bowl season. Ja’Wuan James is in the third year of his rookie season.
Perhaps they envision Bushrod, who played under Adam Gase last year, moving inside.
Then there’s the matter of his health. Bushrod is likely out until training camp after undergoing labrum surgery in February.
As for defensive end, the Dolphins need at least one veteran after letting Olivier Vernon walk Wednesday. Ayers, 30, is a former first-round pick who was in Denver with Gase a few years back. Jones is a year younger. He’s had stints with the Titans, Seahawks and Lions in his eight-year career.