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Eric Winston visits Miami Dolphins; Umenyiora next?

Stop me if you've read this story before: The Miami Dolphins are going after a well known free agent.

Former Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston will visit the Dolphins on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the player's plans told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Winston also has seen some level of interest from the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Dolphins might be the best fit for Winston and, according to Rapoport, Miami has been the player's destination of choice since his release. Winston played his college ball at "The U," and he was close to signing with the Dolphins a year ago. With Jake Long joining the St. Louis Rams, Winston might play right tackle with Jonathan Martin sliding into Long's left tackle spot.

The Dolphins might not be done shopping there. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reported on Wednesday that the team contacted Osi Umenyiora and spent "considerable time" studying the former New York Giants defensive end. The paper mentions Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil as a small possibility if Dumervil sits around on the free-agent market for a while. (The Dolphins clearly are trying to sew up the title of "Offseason Champ.")

Umenyiora might have scared teams away with a high pricetag this offseason. He's generated very little heat on the free-agent market, and the big money now has dried up. Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and ex-Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham also remain available, although the Dolphins reportedly have ruled out signing Abraham.

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