The 32-year-old Bushrod, who started all 16 games at right guard last season, was considering retirement, but he decided to play an 11th NFL season.
He’s started 112 of the 124 regular-season games he’s played. Most of Bushrod’s snaps prior to joining the Dolphins came at left tackle; last season was Bushrod’s first year at guard. He’s projected to remain as an interior lineman.
Whether he’ll be a starter in 2017 depends on how the training camp competition goes.
With last year’s top pick Laremy Tunsil moving to left tackle to replace Branden Albert, who was traded to Jacksonville, the starting left guard spot is vacant.
Ja’Wuan James is expected to remain Miami’s starter at right tackle for a fourth straight season, and the Dolphins expect Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey to make a full recovery from the hip injury that has slowed him for the past few years.
The Dolphins signed Ted Larsen to a three-year, $5.6 million deal last week, and he’s expected to compete for one of the vacant starting guard spots, along with Bushrod, Kraig Urbik (who started six games last season and 63 throughout his eight-year career) and Anthony Steen.
It’s also likely that the Dolphins will address the offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft, infusing some younger players into the unit.
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