Written by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald
The Dolphins' search for a roster replacement for injured Mike Pouncey will extend beyond guard Darryn Colledge.
A source said tonight that the Dolphins also have booked center Samson Satele for a workout on Monday. Colledge and Satele are expected to be joined by two other linemen at Monday's workout. The identity of the other two was not immediately known.
Satele, drafted 60th overall by Miami in 2007, started his first two NFL seasons for the Dolphins before being traded to Oakland in March 2009 for a sixth-round pick and an exchange of fourth-round picks. The Dolphins parted ways with Satele after signing free agent center Jake Grove, a regrettable move in retrospect. Satele, 29, then started three seasons for the Raiders, before moving on to Indianapolis, where he started 11 games in 2012 and 13 in 2013.
Pro Football Focus rated Satele 31st among 35 qualifying centers last season — 18th as a pass blocker but last as a run blocker. He allowed one sack.
Colledge — who has played guard, tackle and even center on a limited basis during his career — has started 124 of his 128 NFL games over his eight years, including every game the past six seasons. Colledge, 32, played his first five seasons with Green Bay and his past three with Arizona. Last year, he played left guard, and Pro Football Focus rated him 45th of 81 qualifying guards — 32nd in pass protection and 53rd as a run blocker. Colledge, who allowed two sacks last season, knows Dolphins coach Joe Philbin well from their time together in Green Bay.
The Dolphins say Sam Brenner is their backup center, but Nate Garner is among several other options to fill in for Pouncey. So is first-team right guard Shelley Smith, who has taken snaps at center during the offseason program.
And so, obviously, is Satele, who might be the best option among all the available free agent centers. Other remaining free agent centers include Ryan Cook, Fernando Velasco, Brad Meester and David Baas.
Pouncey is expected to miss between two and six games of the regular season, depending on whether the Dolphins place him on the physically unable to perform list.
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