In an expected move, the Miami Dolphins announced they have re-signed offensive guard Jermon Bushrod to a new contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
That means that for the moment Bushrod will be the starting right guard again this season, a position he played last year for the first time in his 10-year career. He graded as the worst right guard in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, but he and right tackle Ja’Wuan James both started all 16 games last season.
His durability, as well as his relationship with head coach Adam Gase (who convinced Bushrod to switch positions and come play in Miami last season) likely played into the team’s decision to invite him back.
Things could change between now and September, as the Dolphins are rumored to be looking at offensive linemen in the upcoming NFL draft in April. But for the moment, the offensive line would consist of James, Bushrod, center Mike Pouncey, newly signed left guard Ted Larsen, and left tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Dolphins also have journeymen Anthony Steen. Sam Young, and Kraig Urbik to round out options and provide depth for the interior offensive line.
Bushrod is well-liked within the Dolphins locker room, and has garnered praise from coaches and players for his leadership. He had stated at the end of the season that he likes living in South Florida and he preferred to stay with Miami.
Heading into his 11th season, Bushrod also played for the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears, and has been voted to two Pro Bowls in his career, and was entrusted with protecting Drew Brees at left tackle for the Saints, with whom he won a Super Bowl ring in 2009.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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