After bringing in a few offensive linemen to audition for the team, the Miami Dolphins have made a move to add some depth by signing former Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Linkenbach.
In his five-year career, the 27-year old Linkenbach has started 36 games, three of which were during his time in Kansas City last year. According to the ratings by Pro Football Focus, those three starts at left guard were games in which he struggled, as he posted a combined overall rating of -6.9.
Previous years in Indianapolis show some improvement, as he bounced around the line a lot. He's started games at right guard, right tackle, and of course the previously mentioned left guard, and so it appears that Linkenbach will merely be a form of competition for Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner at best. Just for the record, however, I still fully expect Turner to show he's the best guard by far.
Linkenbach is a depth signing for an offensive line that is still waiting to be truly solidified, and while he likely won't start (if he does, start crying), he could potentially take over the departed Nate Garner's job as the utility lineman, and takes the roster spot of the recently released Davonte Wallace. Naturally, speculation will now begin that with this signing, the Dolphins are not going to draft a lineman at #14 overall. I still won't rule that out, but we shall see.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater