AFC East: right tackle


Offensive tackle Tyson Clabo explained his release from the Atlanta Falcons as "sudden" and "unexpected." But Clabo explained in a conference call why he feels he landed on his feet quite well by signing with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

“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.”

Clabo, 31, is projected to start at right tackle for Miami after signing a one-year contract. Clabo started at right tackle for a majority of his career. He also played right guard in Atlanta in 2006. Miami’s in-house candidate, Jonathan Martin, is now the likely starter at left tackle.

Like many of Miami’s free-agent acquisitions, Clabo cited the potential of Dolphins second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill as one of the key reasons why he joined the team. Clabo grew with 2008 first-round quarterback Matt Ryan in Atlanta to become a perennial playoff contender and aims for similar results in Miami.

The Dolphins, my sleeper pick in 2013, look solid on paper and will try to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season.

“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.”
It looks like Wayne Hunter's starting job at right tackle is safe for at least another year.

The New York Jets' trade with the Carolina Panthers for Jeff Otah fell through on Tuesday. New York traded a draft pick to Carolina on the conditions of Otah passing a physical. The right tackle had a bad knee but a week to get healthy. It didn’t work out and Otah is with the Panthers again.

Hunter struggled mightily at right tackle last year. The Jets curiously didn't do much in the draft or free agency to challenge Hunter but felt a low-risk move for Otah was worth a shot.

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