The Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars were rumored to be suitors for former Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo before the NFL Draft.
The Jaguars drafted Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. The Cowboys never signed the 6’6”, 329-pound tackle from Wake Forest.
So, still being a free agent, enter the Miami Dolphins, who were in desperate need of someone to play on the right side of the line.
The Fins lost left tackle Jake Long in free agency to the Rams and have moved right tackle Jonathan Martin to the left side to replace their former star.
They also drafted Dallas Thomas of Tennessee in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but still needed a veteran to help balance the line.
This is where Clabo comes in. And the signing of the free agent continues to show team owner Stephen Ross, general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin are changing the culture of a team that is growing, but still have some maturing to do.
In James Walker’s ESPN.com AFC East blog, he said Clabo is excited about moving on from the Falcons and heading down south. He also said Clabo knew Miami had a need where he could help out.
“When I was released and became a free agent, one of the things we wanted to find out was who had interest,” Clabo explained. “What teams do I think have use [for a right tackle] and on the move upward in the league? Miami was right there.”
Walker has the Dolphins as a sleeper pick in the AFC, trying to make a playoff run for the first time since 2008.
Clabo wants to be part of the atmosphere in Miami, one that could a good season for this team.
“We made some big moves in the offseason in free agency, and the draft look like it went really well,” Clabo said of the Dolphins. “With the young QB with a lot of upside, I feel like we can make some noise.”
The Dolphins were interested in trying to trade for Branden Albert, the right tackle from Kansas City and were given permission by the Chiefs to talk to him prior to the draft to work on a trade and a new contract. Those negotiations broke off. He is still a member of the Chiefs and will start the season at left tackle for the team if he is not traded.
Clabo was originally an undrafted free agent signed by the Denver Broncos in 2004. He was released by the Broncos, and signed with the New York Giants as a practice squad member. Clabo eventually was signed to the Falcons practice squad in September 2005 and re-signed by the Falcons team in January 2006.
He was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl.