The Miami Dolphins have signed nine-year veteran offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, along with undrafted rookie free agent linebacker David Hinds after the team concluded rookie mini-camp Sunday.
After hitting the open market, Clabo says he had interest in taking his talents down to South Beach.
“When I was released and became a free agent, one of the first things that we (Clabo and his agent) wanted to find out was, who had interest,” said Clabo. “Once we found out who had interest, I sat down and I said, ‘What team do I think has use and is on the move upward in the League’ and Miami was right there on the top of that list and so we decided that this was the place for us.
“We made some big moves in the off-season and in free agency, the draft looked like it went really well, you never know but it seems like there is some talent,” he added. “The young QB (Ryan Tannehill) with a lot of upside and I just felt like we could make some noise.”
Clabo joins the Dolphins after spending the last seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2006 to 2012. The one-time Pro Bowler (2010) originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. For his career, Clabo has played in 101 games, all starts.
“We are happy that we have reached an agreement with Tyson,” said Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland, in a released statement. “He will be a great addition to the offensive line both on the field and in the meeting room.”
Clabo most likely will play at right tackle, while Jonathan Martin slides to left tackle to replace the departed Jake Long, who signed with the St. Louis Rams this offseason. As a rookie last season, Martin started 12 contests at right tackle and filled in for four games at the left tackle position while Long was nursing an injury.
Clabo believes he will be a good fit for the Dolphins.
“I think that I am going to fit in pretty well,” said Clabo. “When I first came into the League I was with the Broncos on the practice squad and that’s (zone-blocking) all they did and then when I came to Atlanta, Alex Gibbs and Tom Cable were the line coaches, so I know the zone-scheme and I feel like that I should be able to hold my own.”
Hinds is a 6-0, 226-pound linebacker from Florida Atlantic University, where he played 45 collegiate career games. He finished his career with 238 tackles, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Hinds’ hard work and hustle paid off during the Dolphins’ rookie mini-camp.
“The hard work, attitude and attention to detail David showed during the weekend rookie orientation paid off,” said Ireland. “As a player invited to tryout, David approached the whole process, highlighted by his work ethic during practices and meetings, with the type of characteristics that we are looking to add to the Miami Dolphins.”
Clabo reflected on his days as an undrafted rookie free agent, and after nine seasons, the former Pro Bowler has nothing to prove, but just wants to have fun and win.
“I always want to do well,” said Clabo. “That’s really my biggest driving force is to feel like I did the job that I was brought here to do, or when I was in Atlanta the job that I had there. I just want to do well, and that’s really my biggest driving force is success. I work to reach those goals and so far it’s been pretty good for me so I am just going to keep doing that.
“I am here to play football and have a good time and win,” he continued. “If I play well, then it will give us a chance to do those things. I am here because I want to be, I am here because I still like to play football and I think that I can still do it at a high level. So as far as having something to prove, I just want to play and have fun and win football games.”
The Dolphins waived quarterback Clay Belton and linebacker Rob McCabe, it was announced today.
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