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Vernon Carey | Tackle

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 340
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (19) / MIA

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Former Dolphins G/T Vernon Carey announced that he's coming out of retirement.
Carey, 32 in July, retired in August after the Dolphins failed to re-sign him. He then went on to accept a co-offensive line coach position at a Miami area high school. The Jets reportedly showed interest in Carey last offseason, but he'll likely struggle to find work this summer. Thu, Jan 31, 2013 03:09:00 PM

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Former Dolphins G/T Vernon Carey has retired from football.

He's reportedly taken a co-offensive line coach job in high school. Carey, the 19th overall pick in the 2004 draft, drew light interest from the Jets and Dolphins this offseason, but it never went anywhere. The 32-year-old will hang up his cleats after 107 career starts. Carey played both tackle spots and guard.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 01:53:00 PM

The Jets reportedly have free agent OL Vernon Carey on their short list.

The Jets' coaching staff has shown nothing but faith in RT Wayne Hunter, but they know a backup plan is needed. Hunter gave up 8.5 sacks and was flagged for 11 penalties in 2011. Carey, meanwhile, has garnered no known interest since the Dolphins let him walk as a free agent after last season. He has background with new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano from their Miami days.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 09:27:00 AM

One week after reporting the Dolphins would "probably" re-sign free agent RG Vernon Carey, the Palm Beach Post now considers Carey a "longshot" to return.

The Post is now on board with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which reported in January that "Carey's value is much higher elsewhere than in South Florida." A liability on passing downs last season, Carey is unlikely to draw much interest as a starter going into his age-31 campaign.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 10:25:00 AM

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins will "probably" re-sign free agent RG Vernon Carey.

This directly contradicts a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report from January, which said "Carey's value is much higher elsewhere than in South Florida." The Post reports Carey does not want to leave Miami, which is his hometown, and that he will "come reasonably priced." We trust the Post more.
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Free agent RG Vernon Carey is not expected back with the Dolphins in 2012.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel hears that Carey's value is "much higher elsewhere than in South Florida." Declining RT Marc Colombo is also expected to be replaced. John Jerry, a 2010 third-rounder, will likely be thrust back into a starting role, and GM Jeff Ireland maintains a fondness for tackle project Lydon Murtha. New coach Joe Philbin will be rebuilding the O-Line, sending him back to his coaching roots.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 04:19:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey was forced from Sunday's game against the Eagles with an apparent foot injury.

His return is doubtful. Carey was used sparingly following the injury but started the second half on the sideline. John Jerry is in the game as his backup.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 03:23:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Replacement-level talent G John Jerry will start in his place. This certainly won't help Reggie Bush, but the Raiders are among the league's worst teams against the run. RB Steve Slaton, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, T Will Barker, G Ray Feinga, TE Will Yeatman, and DT Ryan Baker join him on the inactive list.
Sun, Dec 4, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey did not return to the game Thursday after limping off with a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

Carey wore a protective pad after the game, but did not require the use of crutches while walking to the team bus. Carey has improved gradually in his debut season at guard. Swing man Nate Garner will fill in next week if Carey can't play.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 12:14:00 AM

Coach Tony Sparano indicated that RG Vernon Carey played the best of any Dolphins offensive lineman in Week 6.

"This guy is going to be a really good guard," said Sparano. It took a couple of months, but Carey is finally feeling comfortable after moving inside from tackle. The Dolphins may opt to re-sign him next season despite his recent history of knee problems.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 12:16:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey (shoulder) resumed practicing on Tuesday.

Carey has been out since late September after having his arm bent the wrong way against the Browns. Carey has done fine as a run blocker this season, but he's been among least effective pass blocking guards in the league.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 02:28:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey will have tests on his right shoulder Monday.

Carey left in the first quarter after getting his arm bent the wrong way and did not return. John Jerry filled in.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 08:46:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey left Sunday's game against the Browns with a shoulder injury.

Carey's arm appeared to get caught in the pile and possibly hyperextended as he went down. Consider the 2004 first-rounder questionable to return, with John Jerry on at right guard for now.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 01:32:00 PM

Dolphins RG Vernon Carey admitted that he "took a step back" against the Bucs on Saturday.

Carey and RT Marc Colombo made Bucs DE Michael Bennett look like a Pro Bowler while the Dolphins managed just 15 yards on 13 first-half carries. The right side of Miami's offensive line figures to remain an issue all season long.
Sun, Aug 28, 2011 03:17:00 PM

As part of his contract restructuring, Dolphins RG Vernon Carey will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The Dolphins voided the final three years of Carey's deal and reduced his 2011 salary from $4.2 million to $2.5 million. He swallowed it and changed positions instead of getting cut.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 10:47:00 AM