The Miami Dolphins lost starting Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey for at least three months following surgery to repair a torn labrum. The team has since been looking at free agent veteran centers. According to a report from the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will take a look at former Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins center Samson Satele.
Satele was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The pick was part of a trade that sent then unknown wide receiver, Wes Welker, to the New England Patriots.
Satele spent two seasons with the Dolphins before being traded to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth round pick in 2009, after the Dolphins signed free agent center Jake Grove, who was a free agent who played for the Oakland Raiders. Satele had a decent if unspectacular three seasons with the Raiders before moving on to the Colts.
The Dolphins have been internally looking at replacements for Pouncey. In addition to veteran centers, the Dolphins are also looking over the veteran guard market. The Dolphins, should they not find a suitable center option, may look to move free agent Shelley Smith inside to man the position.
In addition to Smith, the Dolphins could use Nate Garner at center who has played right tackle, guard, and center, but has not been consistent as a starter. The team will also look at Sam Brenner, an undrafted guard and center who played well in place of Richie Incognito last season when he was suspended.