The Dolphins are working hard to change the image of their offensive line.
While the old group conducted business in strip clubs, one of their newest members was nearly pulled out of a church to sign with them.
New Dolphins guard Shelley Smith was getting married the weekend the Dolphins signed him to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, a courtship he obviously hadn’t planned around his free agency schedule.
“It was an absolute whirlwind,” Smith said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “Me and my wife didn’t expect things to quite work out that way. I ended up missing my rehearsal dinner, I missed some different wedding events. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great. I made it back for my wedding day, I made the wife happy, and I got to sign with the Dolphins.”
Adding some family values might help the Dolphins in the realm of public opinion, but adding some strength to an offensive line will help.
Smith figures to start at one of the guard spots, and comes to Miami with a reputation as a good run-blocker. If he lands between Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and new left tackle Branden Albert, it gives them the chance to turn a weakness into a strength.