Vernon Carey 'probably' back in Miami

RG Vernon Carey
2011 salary: $2.5 million
2011 stats: Started 15 of 16 games at right guard, but missed one whole game and parts of two others with various injuries. Allowed three sacks, seven QB hits and 15 QB pressures in his first year at right guard.

Noteworthy: Carey, who will be 31 next season, wasn’t happy with the switch from right tackle to right guard (and the “renegotiating” of his contract, which voided the last three years and made him a free agent this offseason). But Carey played admirably at his new position, and was one of the Dolphins’ best run blockers toward the end of the season.

Will he return?: Probably. He’s not young anymore, and injuries have forced him to sit out five games in the past two years (after he previously started 87 consecutive games), but he’s still got some good football left in him. Add in the fact that he likely doesn’t want to leave Miami – he played his entire high school, college and pro career down here – he was a decent performer in 2011 and will come reasonably priced, and it’s easy to see Carey return either as the starting right guard or as a valuable utility backup.

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