With the draft about 28 days away, the Miami Dolphins added a solid option at guard by signing Lance Louis this evening. The deal was first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago expanded on the signing.
Louis played in Chicago for 4 seasons from 2009-2012. In 2012, Louis started 11 games before being placed on IR following a torn ACL in his left knee. Prior to his injury, he was the 47th best offensive guard according to Pro Football Focus.
The signing doesn't exactly jump off the page, but the Dolphins could be looking to add to this position in the draft given that the deal is for only one year.
In addition, after rumors swirled all over twitter that John Jerry might be on the outs after the draft, even after filling in admirably this year, the Dolphins can ill afford to be patient with Jerry's conditioning this offseason. Rumor has it that his weight at the start of camp was closer to 360 pounds or more and not even close to the weight that Joe Philbin wants for a fast and athletic line.
The signing of Lance Louis should bring this added depth to the line and a lineman who compete with Jerry and play in this system. Keep in mind, the Dolphins also have draft picks to use on quicker and cheaper players as well as Nate Garner who does have guard play experience.
As the draft gets closer and closer, things could get might interesting in South Florida. Only time will tell with what direction the Dolphins go on April 25th!