The Miami Dolphins have filled the roster spot opened by the placing of receiver Greg Camarillo on injured reserve by signing free agent center Al Johnson.
Johnson is a 6-5 and 305 pound dude who was originally a second-round pick of, you guessed it, the Dallas Cowboys in 2003. Johnson was with the Cowboys four seasons before signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent in 2007.
Johnson was on Arizona's injured reserve list all of this season before being released Oct. 21. Johnson had a knee injury. Johnson is no baby. He is 29 years old and has started 45 games in the NFL.
It should be noted here that once Johnson is 100 percent healthy he would bring great depth. The Dolphins are short on the OL given that backup center Andy Alleman has been taking most of his practice snaps at right guard this week.
But the fact Johnson is slightly bigger and, according to reputation, stronger than Samson Satele should give Miami's young center some pause.
Satele had a poor game against Vince Wilfork Sunday and hasn't exactly been a force in a couple of other games this season. And with end of season games against stout inside players Marcus Stroud, Glenn Dorsey, Isaac Sopoagoa and most notably Kris Jenkins, the Dolphins may have bigger plans in store for Johnson than we believe.
The team may try the combo of Satele and Johnson at center-right guard -- meaning one of the two could move to guard while the other starts at center. We'll see.