Miami Dolphins ‘open’ to adding another guard

Jermon Bushrod is a wily veteran. But the Miami Dolphins aren’t beyond adding another guard for competition. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The Miami Dolphins have added guard Ted Larsen in free agency and re-signed starter Jermon Bushrod.

But Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum made clear Monday the team may not be done.

“Who knows where we’re going to be in a month,” Tannenbaum said. “And that’s what’s so much fun about what we do. So if we have the opportunity to upgrade a position, add depth and competition at the position we certainly are open to doing that.”

The Dolphins entered free agency believing the team did not need to spend a ton of money at the guard position (ie. Kevin Zeitler, T.J. Lang, Larry Warford, Ronald Leary) in order to have solid line play in 2017.

Bushrod did not have the smoothest transition from tackle to guard last season (69th-ranked guard by Pro Football Focus). And Larsen was the 44th-ranked guard by PFF last season.

Though it would seem more likely the Dolphins would select a defensive end or linebacker in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, one guard worthy of consideration at No. 22 would be Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky.

It should also be considered that decent veteran guards are almost cut at or near the end of training camp.

“The offseason is a continuum,” Tannenbaum said. “And you want to go into the draft with as much flexibility as possible.”

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