2018 NFL free agents: Could Miami Dolphins add one of these offensive tackles?

Justin Pugh of the Giants can play tackle or guard very capably. (Getty Images)

If the Miami Dolphins move on from right tackle Ja’Wuan James, which is very possible, they may have an important void to address.

It is possible the Dolphins could slot Jesse Davis into the position, if he does not become a starter at guard.

It is also possible the Dolphins could use their first-round draft choice, 11th overall, on an offensive tackle like Connor Williams of Texas, Orlando Brown of Oklahoma or Mike McGlinchey of Notre Dame.

This is not an impressive offensive tackle free agent class. Many of the available players are arguably no better than Sam Young, who filled in capably for Miami down the stretch but is now a free agent who could be re-signed.

The Dolphins have invested heavily on their offensive line over the past few years. In 2014, they reached into the free agent pool for former offensive tackle Branden Albert.

Here’s a look at the players who started at tackle for Miami in 2017 and some free agents of possible interest:

2017 Starting Offensive Tackles

Laremy Tunsil (15 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #50

Age: 23

2018 Contract: $6.6 million salary cap hit; expected cut

Ja’Wuan James (8 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #17

Age: 25

2018 Contract: Estimated $9.3 million on one-year deal

Sam Young (6 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #79

Age: 30

2018 Contract: Free agent. Earned $900,000 in 2017

Jesse Davis (2 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #63 (including 6 guard starts)

Age: 26

2018 Contract: $555,000

Top 2018 free agent offensive tackles (and some more affordable options)

Nate Solder, New England Patriots

Pro Football Focus ranking: #32

Age: 29

Contract Expectation: $13.2 million/season (Spotrac)

Justin Pugh, New York Giants

Pro Football Focus ranking: #52

Age: 31

Contract Expectation: $6.4 million/season (Spotrac)

Cameron Fleming, New England Patriots

Pro Football Focus ranking: #24

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $1.8-$2.0 million guaranteed (PFF)

Cornelius Lucas, Los Angeles Rams

Pro Football Focus ranking: N/A

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: $1.2-$1.4 million guaranteed (PFF)

Seantrel Henderson, Buffalo Bills

Pro Football Focus ranking: N/A

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $1.2-$1.4 million guaranteed (PFF)

LaAdrian Waddle, New England Patriots

Pro Football Focus ranking: #64

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: $900,000-$1.1 million guaranteed (PFF)

Chris Hubbard, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pro Football Focus ranking: #40

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: Veteran’s minimum (PFF)

Greg Robinson, Detroit Lions

Pro Football Focus ranking: #78

Age: 31

Contract Expectation: Veteran’s minimum (PFF)

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