Dolphins land top free-agent offensive tackle Terron Armstead and address glaring team need – The Mercury News

When you’re the Miami Dolphins, how do you deal with what is probably the NFL’s most blatant attacking hole?

They walk out and land the most valuable free agent in the position of former New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead.

After a week-long wait filled with minor moves, the Dolphins finally made their big free-agency showing, agreeing to a deal with Armstead Tuesday night, according to ESPN. The deal is said to be for five seasons.

Armstead visited the team Monday after arriving in South Florida Sunday night. A New Orleans medium report Early Tuesday afternoon, he said he was still speaking to the Dolphins and a social media Video Later Tuesday showed him in Frisco, Texas.

Armstead’s visit schedule was developed shortly after former Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins, likely the second-best tackle this free-agent cycle, agreed to an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Collins’ decision, coupled with Patriots tackle Trent Brown choosing to stay in New England Monday morning, gave Miami’s pursuit of Armstead an all-or-nothing feeling for an improvement in tackle as the Dolphins haven’t given up a player since of the position Free-agent negotiations opened on March 14.

Armstead, who will turn 31 before the start of the 2022 season, has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times from 2018-2020. He has spent his entire nine-year career with the Saints as a third-round pick from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, blocking much of that time for future Hall of Famer quarterback Drew Brees.

Armstead will be paired with former Dallas Cowboys guard Connor Williams, who was Miami’s first signing on the offensive line of that free agency era and reached an agreement on Tuesday. The two could form a revised left side of the line if they stay in their main positions with their previous teams.

The Dolphins struggled all season at both tackle spots in 2021 with Jesse Davis at right and rookie Liam Eichenberg at left, as well as second-year blocker Austin Jackson before he was moved to left guard. All three are signed for 2022, but Davis is a candidate to be fired.

Armstead, at 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, appears to be a mauler for Miami’s run-blocking as new coach Mike McDaniel’s run-based offense will feature the outside-zone scheme. He could make a similar impact as Pro Bowl and All-Pro tackle Trent Williams did for the San Francisco 49ers offense previously coordinated by McDaniel.

The Dolphins’ pass protection for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, entering his third season, should also be improved. Armstead brings an experienced voice to a relatively young lineage featuring Eichenberg, Jackson, Robert Hunt, Michael Deiter, Solomon Kindley, Robert Jones, Greg Little and Larnel Coleman, all 25 or younger, and Williams.

Despite being a top NFL tackle, Armstead also struggled to stay on the field during his career, missing about a third of his games. Armstead missed nine games in 2021, including the last four with a knee injury. He was out due to the Saints’ 20-3 loss on Monday night to the Dolphins on December 27.

Miami’s addition of Armstead comes after the Dolphins also made deals with Williams, backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, wide receivers Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Trent Sherfield, fullback Alec Ingold and the cornerback/special Teamer Keion Crossen met -Acquisition of agents.

They also inked Emmanuel Ogbah on Monday to a four-year deal to keep him in Miami, and tight end Mike Gesicki signed his franchise tag tender after being tagged last week. Linebackers Elandon Roberts, Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen and Brennan Scarlett, tight end Durham Smythe, wide receiver Preston Williams and safety Sheldrick Redwine are also new to the team. Cornerback Nik Needham was called out in his limited second-round free agency last week.

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Joel McCord

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