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Miami Dolphins in the running for New England guard

While the Buffalo Bills are messin' with a Miami Dolphins tight end, the South Florida team is apparently among the teams trying to mess with a New England Patriots offensive lineman.

The Dolphins are one of a handful of teams interested in veteran lineman Dan Connelly, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Dolphins view Connolly, 32, as a guard. The Seattle Seahawks view him as a center option to replace the traded Max Unger. Tampa Bay views him as a center and the Bears see him as a guard.

The point is Connolly is a commodity in the second-tier free agent market as much because of his talent as versatility.

The Patriots want him back, as well, to play guard.

Connolly has started all 43 regular-season games he has played for New England since 2012. Obviously he is not a long-term answer but the Dolphins may have to acquire a short-term gap filler. The team cut Shelley Smith this offseason after realizing he was too expensive, too soft, and not very good after signing him as a 2013 free agent.

Connolly is more seasoned and obviously more accomplished.