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Smiley Traded, Procter Signed

In a eventful day involving the offensive line, the Dolphins lost what was considered one of their best lineman, and then gained a guard later in the day when signing a career journeyman.

Yes, the Dolphins finally managed to trade away injured left guard Justin Smiley. In return for Smiley, the Dolphins will reportedly get a late round pick, whatever that may be.

In retrospect, the Dolphins, and myself included are just glad that the Fins received some compensation at all for Smiley, who is believed to have a bum shoulder.

One thing that could hinder the trade is the physical that Smiley will have to pass in order for the trade to become official. Because of Smiley’s bad shoulder, I would not be surprised if Smiley failed the physical, and then was forced to be released by the team.

Only hours after the Smiley trade was confirmed, it was learned that the Dolphins had signed guard Corey Procter to the team, to compete for one of the guard spots on the offensive line.

Procter is 6’4″, and weighs in at 311 pounds. Over his career he has appeared in 44 games, starting 13 of them, and 11 of those starts coming of which during the 2008 season.

For any of you fans that believe that Procter will really come in and compete for a starting spot, I am here to say you are wrong.

There are only really four candidates remaining to battle for the starting guard spots, Richie Incognito, John Jerry, Donald Thomas, and Nate Garner.

Procter was simply signed to fill a roster spot for now, until the team is forced to make cuts at the end of training camp. The Dolphins have added more players this year than lost, so I widely expect Procter’s stay in Miami to be a short one. That is why we brought in John Jerry, to fill the vacant guard spot left by Smiley, or compete for the right guard spot with the rest.

So do not be fooled, this is simply a move that was made to keep every offensive lineman on their toes come training camp. Smiley was sure to be gone by this weeks mandatory OTA’s, which start on Friday, Procter is just a fill-in at the moment.

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