Miami Dolphins

Dolphins Sign Former Patriots Center to Help Rebuild Offense

A day after reports emerged that free agent and six-time super Bowl champ Tom Brady was leaving New England for Tampa Bay, the Dolphins lured another former Patriot player to South Florida.

The team has signed offensive lineman Ted Karras to a one-year deal that sources say will pay him $4 million.

Karras, who was on the shortlist of offensive linemen who could help Miami’s most troubled unit. He joins offensive guard Ereck Flower, who agreed to a three-year deal with the ‘Fins worth $30 million on Monday, to sign during free agency, which opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, Karras has ties to Dolphins coach Brian Flores from their time together with the Patriots. However, he only served as a starter for 20 games during his four-year career with New England.

He finally became a full-time starter with the team for the first time last season. Karras allowed 14 total pressures (11 hurries, one quarterback hit allowed) and two sacks last season. He also committed three penalties.

Karras replaces Daniel Kilgore, a two-time captain who the Dolphins decided to let become a free agent rather than picking up his 2020 option, which would have paid him $3,875,000 in base salary, workout and per game roster bonuses.

A team source says Miami’s biggest concern about Kilgore was his age (32), and the fact he likely would not be able to grow with the team’s offensive line.

With Karras’ addition, the Dolphins’ offensive line now includes a veteran center, along with a veteran guard in Flowers, who has started 71 of the 75 games he has played, and Jesse Davis, who started games at every position but center during his three seasons as a starter for the team.

Miami also has offensive tackle Julien Davenport, offensive guard Danny Isidora, and second-year guards Michael Deiter and Shaq Calhoun as possible starters on their rebuilt offensive line.