Dolphins’ offseason drama peaks with Josh Sitton’s beard decision

The heat is wearing on Josh Sitton. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — His initial plunge into Organized Team Activities and minicamp with the Dolphins has pushed right guard Josh Sitton to the brink of parting with trademark wilderness man look.

After a decade in the cooler climates of Chicago and Wisconsin, Sitton’s been sweating through a brutal spring that’s seen temperatures over 90 degrees and South Florida’s usual humidity. He admitted two weeks ago it might be time to cut his long locks and shave his beard.

That’s somewhat understandable, but here’s the counterpoint: Defensive coordinator Matt Burke has had his long beard for a decade-plus now and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him.

Should Sitton man up and get it out? Would it be selling out to clean up because it’s too hot down here? Would fellow facial hair aficionado Burke lose respect for him?

“No, I would never say that,” Burke said. “I have a lot of respect for Josh Sitton. Quote that. He’s been getting after us pretty good.

“I don’t know. Every man makes his own decision. The heat doesn’t bother me. I’m sweating a little right now. But no, I wouldn’t lose respect for him. He’s a good player, he’s playing hard and he’s tough. What else can I say about him? He’s a real man.”

Sitton’s had his long hair and beard for about 10 years as well, though he kept it close-cropped in college. When discussing the possibility of having to cut it, he admitted he would “probably cry” about having to do so.

“I’ve thought about it,” he said. “I’m going to see how OTAs go and then it might be gone come training camp.”

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