A big addition

Head coach Nick Saban has acknowledged one of his positions of concern on the team is defensive tackle, and he addressed that area on Monday with the signing of veteran Keith Traylor. To make room for Traylor, the Dolphins released linebacker Billy Strother.

Traylor, who played last season for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, signed a two-year contract. Traylor also won two Super Bowl titles as a member of the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998.

Traylor started 10 games last season and finished with 33 tackles.

Traylor is a massive run-stuffing lineman who is ideal to play nose tackle in a 3-4. The Dolphins' concerns at that position have to do with the health of Tim Bowens and Larry Chester, both of whom missed almost all of last season because of injuries.

Saban indicated his concern in a roundtable discussion with reporters last week and The Miami Herald reported on Monday that Bowens was contemplating retirement.

In addition to Denver and New England, Traylor also has played for Green Bay, Kansas City and Chicago. He was given number 94 by the Dolphins.


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