Okay, we currently in boring part of the NFL offseason just before training camp, so I thought I would throw a lighthearted mystery that I have been thinking about for quite some time now. Who knows, maybe someone here might have the answers or at least some reasonable speculation about how we got to this point. The mystery that I am talking about is Connor Williams coming here to play center. When he first signed, I was confident that Grier took a swing on a solid guard who had showed moments of greatness. The thought was actually pretty simple to me. You have a guy who played at a high level that lacked consistency pair him with McDaniel and Frank Smith, both men that essentially made their bread and butter in the NFL by coaching in the trenches, and this good guard could be a great guard in short order. It felt very simple and logical. Now lets kinda see the world from Williams' perspective. While at Texas, Williams played LT, and some thought he had a chance to play LT at the NFL level. Eventually, he slid into the guard position and started part of the last season with inconsistent levels of success. The highs were pretty high, but the lows did include an eventual benching. Williams eventually signs a 2 yr/$14 mil deal with the Dolphins. I distinctly remember watching a report that was more focused on the player's perspective. The reporter stated that the big money did not come in for Williams, and his agent wanted to do a shorter deal, so Williams still has an opportunity to get a massive deal in his career. Again, this made so much sense to me. Coming to Miami was a clear and obvious situation where he would be able to secure a starting gig. If he is able to smooth out some of those rough patches and just play more consistently, I have all the reason in the world to think that this guy could be getting a big deal in a very short period of time. This is where the mystery deepens. He comes to Miami, and pretty much out the gate, it is known by all that he is here to play center. This is not a case of Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt playing at such a high level that they needed to move him to center just to keep him on the field. This is not a case of the staff tinkering with the line to find the best possible lineup. This is not a situation where injuries have hit us, and we are seemingly motivated by desperation. Here is another thing that I keep thinking about. Our line was awful last year. There are definitely players that drove me nuts, and I wished that Flores would just bench. Michael Dieter was not one of them. Don't get me wrong, he's no pro bowler, but when healthy, he was at least respectable. Now let's think back to that bridge contract with the allure of a possible pot of gold at the end of it. If you are Connor Williams, the path to generational wealth is clear. Go somewhere you can start, play well and consistently, and you could be paid handsomely. Based on his contract, I feel confident that he probably had other options. Why come to Miami and switch positions? I feel like as an agent, you would need to implore you client to take a very conservative approach to this. If you play your cards right for the next two years, your life changes forever. I think he would tell him that he has played well at guard and this is a certainty. Switching positions with this much money on the line is risky. Suppose it does not go well, he can slide over to guard, right? Let's say that Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt are doing good enough at those positions. The Dolphins have committed serious resources to acquiring both players (a 1st and 2nd round pick). Also, don't forget about Liam Eichenberg who the Dolphins traded up for in the 2nd round to get. He could be in the mix as well. Sliding over may not be an option. This could leave Williams in a situation where he continues to play poorly at center and put up bad tape. Even worse, he could lose his starting job. Suddenly, that big pay day that looked so close could vanish quickly. Now let's think about this from the Dolphins' perspective. A $14 million contract is nothing to scoff at. The Dolphins clearly respect Williams. I truly believe that Grier was thinking, "My new coaching staff are fantastic at coaching the trenches. We could bring in a guard at $7 million per year, and in short order, the staff could have him playing at $13-$15 million per year level for the next two years." This offered a ton of potential unlocked value for the Phins as well. So how did the Dolphins wind up seeing him as our center? It would be one thing if he was a guard who played for the Niners or Chargers, and our coaches saw him at practice and knew that he could play the position. That would make sense. Did Grier call the Cowboys and ask them if the staff had him play center at all in practice and how well he performed at the position? It is possible, but why ask about Williams specifically? Of all the free agent guards, why Williams? What makes the Dolphins think he is a better option than free agent centers? I am not saying that Williams is going to succeed, fail, or merely be average at center. I am just genuinely perplexed about how this came together for both the team and the player. If anyone has information that I am missing or speculation, it would be fun and informative to hear from you all.