Dolphins Sign Guard Shelley Smith

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Interior offensive lineman is latest free agent to sign with the Fins.

Less than four days into free agency, the Miami Dolphins have gotten busy again looking into different options to improve their roster by signing offensive guard Shelley Smith to a multi-year contract.

“I would like to welcome Shelley Smith as the newest addition to the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “Shelley is a 26-year old ascending player who will be a good fit for our offensive line.”

Hickey opened his first foray into the open market in a flurry on Tuesday and Wednesday by signing left tackle Branden Albert, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, re-signing defensive tackle Randy Starks and trading offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick. Signing Smith today is a sign that Hickey and the Dolphins are serious about building a solid offensive line in front of third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Smith, who was a sixth-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2010, spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams and appeared in 14 games last season with two starts at right guard. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound former Colorado State standout brings youth to the position at the age of 26 with only 25 total games of wear on his body.

As a rookie with Houston in 2010, Smith spent half of the season on the Texans’ practice squad and was inactive for the first three games and the last five games. He landed on Injured Reserve before the 2011 season even started with a right leg injury suffered in training camp and was waived near the end of the season. St. Louis claimed him off waivers and he made his debut with the Rams on October 4th, 2012 against the Arizona Cardinals, earning his first start at left guard 17 days later against the Green Bay Packers.

Smith appeared in 11 games in 2012 with six starts (four at left guard and two at right guard) and has positional flexibility on the interior. He was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection at Colorado State with 31 starts in 36 games over four seasons and he majored in nutrition and food science. Smith played his high school football in Avondale, Arizona at Westview High, where he also lettered in track and field throwing the shot put and discus.