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Dolphins ink OT McDougle to one-year deal

MIAMI (March 15, 2005) -- The Miami Dolphins signed free agent offensive tackle Stockar McDougle to a one-year deal, shoring up one of the team's most glaring weaknesses the past few seasons.

McDougle started every game at right tackle the past two season with the Detroit Lions and has 53 starts in his five-year career with the Lions.

Last year, the 6-foot-6, 335-pound McDougle led the way for running back Kevin Jones, who finished fifth in the NFC with 1,133 yards rushing. The Lions' line allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL in 2002 and 2003.

John St. Clair started 14 games at right tackle for the Dolphins last season, but he may be moved to left tackle, where he also started with the St. Louis Rams.

Last season, the Dolphins allowed 52 sacks, tied for the second most in the NFL.

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