MIAMI — The Dolphins have agreed to a one-year deal with offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, a source confirmed Sunday.
NFL Network was the first to report the news.
Wynn was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He started four seasons as a left tackle in New England before switching to right tackle in 2022.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said in March that Austin Jackson is expected to start with the right tackle, but the position isn’t quite solid. Jackson only played two right tackle games last season, missing the other 15 with an ankle injury.
Miami drafted Michigan tackle Ryan Hayes in the seventh round of this year’s draft, but Jackson and Wynn will likely compete for the right tackle job this summer. Wynn also offers the flexibility to play left tackle when needed, as Pro Bowler Terron Armstead has missed three or more games in nine of his ten NFL seasons.
Wynn, 27, played 43 of a possible 82 regular-season games for the Patriots, absent from the sidelines due to various injuries.
The Patriots were hoping for different results when they exercised his $10.4 million fifth-year option for the 2022 season, but Wynn’s time with the franchise fizzled out as he only missed nine games (seven starts) was used.
The Patriots had envisioned Wynn becoming a strong left winger, much as Matt Light (2001–2011) did during the first half of Bill Belichick’s tenure as head coach. Like Light, the 1.8m tall, 140kg Wynn doesn’t have the prototypical physical condition for the position – leading some teams to consider him the better defender – but his athleticism is highly valued.
Wynn did not participate in voluntary off-season training sessions in 2022 and when training camp began the coaching staff switched him from left tackle to right tackle. Wynn, who was penalized eight times in 2022, didn’t seem entirely happy with the move.
“Playing left hand all the time and then turning around is like being right-handed and then trying to write with your left hand,” Wynn said ahead of training camp. “But you get used to it the more you work at it.”
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.