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With the Richie Incognito incident costing the Miami Dolphins both Incognito and young prospect Jonathan Martin it was expected the Dolphins would be actively pursuing offensive linemen come the opening of the official tampering period yesterday.
Because of that there are fears that unsigned Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer may be targeted by the Dolphins for a big payday come March 11. Those fears were confirmed on Saturday afternoon when the Miami Herald reported that Veldheer is among the offensive line targets that the Dolphins have reached out to since the tampering period has opened, starting discussions with Veldheer’s agent.
The Dolphins also have expressed strong interest in St. Louis guard/tackle Rodger Saffold — something both colleague Adam Beasley and I are hearing.
And the Dolphins today also reached out to Oakland free agent left tackle Jared Veldheer, who missed 11 games last season with a torn triceps. Veldheer is an option if Miami doesn’t sign Albert or Saffold or Monroe.
Miami is known for spending cash in free agency and hoping for the best, even if it ended up going miserably last year they will likely be spending money on offensive line players because they really have no other choice. It is reassuring that Veldheer may just be a second option for the Dolphins behind Branden Albert and Eugene Monroe. With conflicting reports coming out of Oakland about Veldheer’s status and asking price each day it is hard to gauge how things are going, but it is no surprise to see that the Dolphins are interested.