Stevan Ridley is making his first visit of free agency on Tuesday.
The running back is in Miami meeting with the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported, after spending his initial four NFL seasons on the other side of the AFC East.
Ridley, 26, had his fourth year with the New England Patriots cut short when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL against the Buffalo Bills last October. But after having surgery in November and undergoing an offseason of rehabilitation, he is on target to be medically cleared in approximately six weeks, according ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back is expected to draw some interest in the later stages of free agency in result. And in addition to the Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys have also been linked to Ridley’s services since the new league year began in March.
A third-round pick out of LSU in 2011, Ridley went on to play in 52 games for the Patriots, making 25 starts. He rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns on 649 carries over that span, and added 146 receiving yards on 23 catches.
Ridley’s most productive Patriots campaign arrived 2012, when the then-second-year pro amassed 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.