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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dolphins position breakdown: DL

By James Walker

ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues to take a look at their roster heading into free agency.

Next up, we examine Miami’s defensive line.

Under contract in 2014: DE Cameron Wake, DE Olivier Vernon, DE Dion Jordan, DT Jared Odrick, DE Derrick Shelby, DT A.J. Francis, DT Isaako Aaitui

Free agents: DT Paul Soliai, DT Randy Starks

Analysis: The Dolphins have some big decisions to make on their defensive line. Burly defensive tackles Solia and Starks are both unrestricted free agents. The Dolphins were expected to keep one of these two free agents before former general manager Jeff Ireland left the team. However, it’s now unpredictable with a new GM coming on board. The next GM may like Starks over Soliai, or Soliai over Starks, or neither player. Defensive tackle is definitely a position to watch in the offseason.

Walker’s stability meter (1 to 10, 10 being most stable): 5.5