- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's no secret the Miami Dolphins have a major need on the offensive line. The Dolphins set the franchise record for sacks allowed with 58 and were 26th in rushing last year.
With that in mind, should the Dolphins have interest in recently released offensive tackle Gabe Carimi? There is evidence to suggest Miami could kick tires on Carimi.
For starters, Carimi was acquired in a trade last offseason by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey played a prominent role. Carimi was a draft bust as a former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears. But just last year Hickey and Tampa Bay believed they could jump-start his career.
It did not work out in Tampa, but Hickey may still believe Carimi's best football is ahead of him. Carimi played in 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2013, starting three.
Miami has four starting offensive linemen about to become free agents. Two are starting tackles: Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie. Fellow tackle Jonathan Martin also is not expected back due to the high-profile bullying scandal.
It makes sense for Miami to consider taking a flier on Carimi. He is a low-risk player who won't cost much. Carimi also is young and plays offensive tackle, which is a major position of need for the Dolphins.
With Hickey now running Miami's front office, the ball is in his court.