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Tyson Clabo, Miami Dolphins strike one-year contract

The Miami Dolphins' long search for an offensive tackle is over, but they're not out of the woods yet.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Tyson Clabo would sign a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Sunday. The 31-year-old free-agent right tackle visited the team last month after being released by the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins later announced Clabo's signing.

"We are happy that we have reached an agreement with Tyson," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said in a team-issued statement. "He will be a great addition to the offensive line both on the field and in the meeting room."

"I'm a pretty tough critic on myself, and I don't feel like there has been any drop in my play," Clabo told Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I think I'm going to fit in pretty well. When I first came into the league, I was with the Broncos on (the) practice squad. I know the zone scheme.

"I'm not here to prove anything ... I'm here to play football, have a good time and win. If I play well, we'll have a chance to do those things."

Landing Clabo all but guarantees that a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for bookend Branden Albert is dead. But the move doesn't solve the Dolphins' core issue along the offensive line. Albert (or Bryant McKinnie) could have stepped into the team's vacant left tackle slot, but Clabo exclusively is a right-side power blocker.

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The signing also means Jonathan Martin will shift to left tackle, where he played at Stanford. After Martin's uneven rookie campaign (ProFootballFocus graded him 76th out of 80 qualifying tackles), it's not a development that should help quarterback Ryan Tannehill sleep any easier.

Clabo started 91 consecutive games for the Falcons and made the Pro Bowl in 2010. This is a quality (and likely affordable) pickup for the Dolphins, but the current arrangement in Miami doesn't make up for the loss of Jake Long.

On the heels of the Dolphins' hype-active run through free agency, nobody faces more pressure than Martin to grow into his new role.

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