The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons agreed to a trade, announced by both teams on Friday. Miami will be sending edge rusher, and former 2017 first-round pick, Charles Harris to Atlanta for a 2021 seventh-round pick.
Former First-Round Pick Struggled in 2019
Harris, in three years with Miami, totaled 23 quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks over 41 games. This trade comes after Harris struggled with Miami moving him from right defensive end and being put at left outside linebacker to start the 2019 season. Harris finished the season with only half a sack through five starts in 14 games.
Harris: The Second DE Gone in Two Days
This trade comes shortly after a move Miami made on Thursday when it released another defensive end, Taco Charlton, after playing just 10 games with the team. Charlton was also a former first round pick, but to the Dallas Cowboys.
Harris Has College Promise That Can Transition to Pros
He played at the University of Missouri during his college years and put up solid numbers in his final two seasons. He combined for 16 sacks and 30.5 tackles for a loss. Although the jump to the pro level has not been easy for Harris, the production is within reach for the college star. He also now has a clean slate with lowered expectations in Atlanta.
Atlanta Needs Help in Rushing Attacks
The Falcons are looking to improve on one of the league’s worst pass rushing attacks in 2019. They pressured the QB 18.4-percent of the time and knocked down the QB just 5.4-percent of the time.
In Atlanta, Harris will look to get back on track while backing up Dante Fowler Jr., another former first-round pick. Harris is under contract for only one more season and is owed $1.94M. While it is still unclear how long Harris will remain with the Falcons, it may not be too long before he sees a more solidified starting nod again.
Flores’ New Defensive Scheme is Switching Up Veterans
Harris and Charlton were moved just days before Miami’s May 4 deadline that required it to decide on exercising fifth-year options. The moves saved the team $3.3M in salary-cap.
Miami is looking to the future with a massive overhaul of their front-seven during the offseason. First by signing Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah and Kyle Van Noy, and then drafting Raekwon Davis, Jason Strowbridge and Curtis Weaver. Clearly, the new-look defense did not have Harris in its long-term plans.
It was rumored that head coach Brian Flores was going to release Harris prior to the May 4 deadline, but Miami found a buyer.