Friday, March 14, 2014
Dolphins fill one guard opening with Smith
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins filled one of their two guard positions Friday. They signed free-agent offensive lineman Shelley Smith to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Smith played 14 games with the St. Louis Rams last season and is projected to start in Miami, where the offensive line was ravaged due to a high-profile bullying scandal. Former Dolphins starting guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry were cited for bullying and harassment of then-teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013. Incognito and Jerry are both free agents who will not return to Miami.
That left two starting spots open at guard. Smith will man one guard spot at an affordable rate. New Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey can fill the other guard opening via free agency or the draft. Miami holds the No. 19 overall pick in May.