Posted: 10:42 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Miami Dolphins set up free agent visits with RT Eric Winston and CB Richard Marshall 

By Post Staff

The Dolphins aren’t sitting idly while Peyton Manning makes his decision.

First, GM Jeff Ireland traded Brandon Marshall to the Bears for a pair of third-round picks. The team has also set up a couple of free agent visits with former Texans right tackle Eric Winston and Cardinals free agent cornerback Richard Marshall.

Winston, the former University of Miami star, said on SiriusXM today that he was traveling to South Florida for a visit with the Dolphins on Wednesday. The Dolphins need a right tackle to replace Marc Colombo, and Winston certainly fits the bill. He’s only 28 and considered one of the better offensive tackles in the NFL who was only cut by the Texans because of salary cap considerations. He also played for current Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman for two years in Houston, and his brother, Matt Winston, is a regional scout for the Dolphins. Winston will likely have plenty of offers and might price him out of the Dolphins’ range, but if he wants to return back to Miami and play with his former coach, the Dolphins make a lot of sense.

Marshall, meanwhile, announced on Twitter tonight that he is coming to Miami for a visit. He would fill the Dolphins’ need of a Nickel cornerback after Will Allen became a free agent on Tuesday. Allen had a decent season in 2011, but is 34 years old and missed the two previous seasons with knee injuries.

Marshall, 27, was the Panthers’ second-round pick in 2006 and has 17 interceptions in six seasons with Carolina and Arizona.The 2011 season was his first with the Cardinals, and he made an immediate impact with 69 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and 11 passes defended while playing outside corner, inside corner and safety. According to reports out of Phoenix, the Cardinals would still like to re-sign Marshall.

The Dolphins’ biggest position needs this offseason are pass rusher, cornerback, right tackle and now No. 1 receiver with the trade of Marshall.

In other NFL news, the Colts re-signed receiver Reggie Wayne to a three-year contract on Tuesday night, squashing all rumors of Wayne joining forces with Peyton Manning in Miami or anywhere else. Wayne’s signing with Indianapolis suggests that the Dolphins’ trade of Marshall had less to do with Manning than it did of getting rid of Marshall, whose negative attitude wore thin with some teammates and coaches.

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