Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/24/12

Eric Steinbach once signed one of the largest contracts ever for an interior offensive lineman, signing for 6 years, 49.5 million with 17 million guaranteed during the 2006 offseason with the Cleveland Browns. However, Steinbach missed all of last season with back surgery and was cut by the Browns for financial reasons this offseason before he could finish that monster contract. After a long wait, Steinbach was eventually snatched up by the interior offensive line needy Miami Dolphins in July.

However, it looks like Steinbach will never play a snap for them or for anyone for that matter, as Steinbach retired as a member of the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, a situation that his back surgery likely he something to do with. Let’s hope he can live a normal life after football. Steinbach turned 32 in April.

As for the Dolphins, this pretty much clinches the starting right guard job for Artis Hicks as Steinbach is retired, the incumbent Vernon Carey also retired, and John Jerry, who was supposed to be the starter, has lost his job because he’s struggled and because he’s way overweight at 360 pounds. A poor fit for the Dolphins’ new zone blocking scheme anyway, Jerry could be a final cut. Hicks, meanwhile, is heading into his age 34 season and struggled in limited action as a reserve for the Browns last season. It’s obviously a position of weakness.

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