The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo today, in a move that all but ensures that they are going to line up on opening day with Johnathan Martin penciled in as the starter on the left side. Clabo is a very serviceable option at the right tackle position, ranking fifth among all right tackles last season according to the rankings site Pro Football Focus. Clabo was ranked as the seventh right tackle in pass blocking and tenth in run blocking. Tyson has been fairly consistent in his performance too, ranking fifth in pass blocking and thirteenth in run blocking the year before in 2011.
The addition of Clabo to the right side of the line should not only bring in some much needed stability and depth, but also some quality, veteran leadership. Coming from the Atlanta Falcons, Clabo has a history of winning. With management seeming to be "all-in" this season, adding a veteran presence such as Clabo should be invaluable when it comes to teaching these guys what it means to be a winner. Miami hasn't had a playoff win since the days of Dan Marino, so Clabo's (along with Mike Wallace who came over from the Steelers) past successes should go a long way in teaching the rest of the guys how to handle success. I still think that Miami needs to do something to address the left side of the line (though with the addition of Clabo, it allows draft pick Dallas Thomas to compete with Martin for the job), but if we went into the season with this starting line up, I would be confident that things are looking up in South Beach.
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