Veteran offensive lineman Shelley Smith is on a tour of the East Coast.
The veteran offensive guard started his free agent visits on Tuesday with the New York Giants, met with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, and will begin a visit to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.
Why this 26-year-old part-time starter for the St. Louis Rams hasn't been able to lock down a deal in the first three days of free agency is unknown.
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But Smith, who is 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, has some upside. He was rated by ProFootballFocus.com as the NFL's 23rd best guard last season. The website declared him the NFL's fourth best run blocking offensive guard in 2013.
However, this former 2010 sixth-round pick has started just eight games the past two seasons. He played just 371 snaps last season as part of an offensive guard rotation.
The season before Smith played 360 snaps at left and right guard. He's allowed five sacks and 16 hurries in the 731 snaps he's played the past two seasons.
Smith does have ties to new Dolphins offensive line coach John Benton, who coached him for two seasons in Houston, the team that drafted Smith.
The Dolphins are presently running out of desirable options at offensive guard because many of the players they targeted as upgrades over Richie Incognito and John Jerry, Miami's starting guard the past few seasons, have received lucrative deal from other teams.
The Dolphins are searching for more athletic offensive linemen, players who would excel in a zone blocking scheme. Smith apparently fits that mold, and the Dolphins could present him an opportunity to become an NFL starter.
The Dolphins are rebuilding the offensive line, which allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks last season, and began that process by signing Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert to a five-year, $47 million contract earlier this week.
New general manager Dennis Hickey is presently searching for two starting guards and a starting right tackle, but the Dolphins might address some of those spots in the 2014 NFL draft.
Nate Garner, Sam Brenner and Dallas Thomas, the team's 2012 third-round pick, are also viable options to start in 2013. Garner has started 19 games in his six seasons with the Dolphins, and has played every spot on the offensive line.
Brenner started four of the seven games he played as a undrafted rookie last season, but struggled at times, especially against the New England Patriots.
And Thomas, a left guard at Tennessee, didn't play much as a rookie because of his training camp struggles. The Dolphins began developing the 6-foot-5, 315 pounder as an offensive tackle last season, and it is possible he's penciled in as Tyson Clabo's replacement at right tackle.
Thomas was limited for most of the Dolphins offseason program because of a shoulder injury he had surgically repaired last February, and he struggled in his tryout as the team's starting right guard and backup left tackle during the exhibition season.