- Aaron Wilson reports that McKinnie’s visit and physical are described as “nothing more than that” right now, according to his source.
- Wilson’s source added that this more of a “look-see meeting.”
- McKinnie updated the situation by texting Aaron Wilson that his visit “wen’t pretty good.“
Previous reports indicated that the Dolphins do not have interest McKinnie, but this apparently is not the case.
Eric Winston is reportedly an option for Miami as well, but unlike McKinnie, he’s primarily a right tackle. The Dolphins clearly need help on the left side of their offensive line, so all things being equal, McKinnie could be a more appealing option for them. It appears as though the Dolphins aren’t willing to offer any more than a one-year deal to available free agents, so it seems likely that McKinnie would have to accept a limited contract to sign with Miami.
We have McKinnie, Winston and Clabo all listed in our Best Available Free Agents list.
This explains why he’s still a free agent, but there are enough teams still in need of help at offensive tackle that he should be able to come pretty close to his asking price.
Salguero adds that the Dolphins might have to give in on his contract demands at this point in time. Miami reportedly has “no interest” in Bryant McKinnie, which also works in Winston’s favor as well.
Miami could really use some help at offensive tackle and there has been rumors circulating for months now that they could sign a free agent, draft someone or trade for Chiefs LT Branden Albert. Miami chose to not deal one of their two-second round picks for Albert on Friday, but there’s a small chance that the two sides could revisit trade talks at some point.
The Dolphins did take Dallas Thomas out of Tennessee, but there’s at least some question as to whether or not he can play tackle at the next level.
Winston represents one of the best available players in the free agent market, along with Tyson Clabo. Winston mentioned that he would like to make $3-4 million annually in his next contract, which is actually pretty reasonable.
Beasley adds that there should be news regarding Winston and the Dolphins at some point in the “near future.”