The Dolphins started an offensive line shuffle Monday by finally trading OG Justin Smiley to Jacksonville for a late-round pick and signing OG Cory Procter. Here are thoughts on the moves.
Smiley got a big-dollar deal from the Fins when Bill Parcells first arrived in 2008, but he didn’t provide the kind of smashmouth approach in the running game that Miami hoped. Shoulder injuries limited Smiley’s playing time, but what he put on the field wasn’t stellar. So Miami moves on with free-agent signee Cory Procter or rookie John Jerry as a starting option. For Jacksonville, Smiley joins young tackles Eben Britten and Eugene Monroe on a line that is coming together. Smiley doesn’t have to be dominant to help Jacksonville, because the tackles are what makes that line go.
Procter isn’t a dynamic player, but he provides nice depth at guard and can start in a pinch. He played OK in Dallas but was let go earlier this month when Dallas rescinded his restricted free agent tender to try to save some money. Procter was a waiver-wire find by Parcells and Tony Sparano in Dallas, so his new team will know what he can do and what he can’t. At the least, Procter will provide insurance in case Jerry needs an adjustment period to the NFL.