The Miami Dolphins were again busy on the second day of the NFL’s negotiating period prior to the official start of the new league year.
From signing a new backup quarterback, to trying their hand at a new running back for depth and re-signing a linebacker to help bolster their defense it was a successful day for the Dolphins.
Dolphins Ink QB Jacoby Brissett to One-Year Deal
After QB Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal on Monday with the Washington Football Team, Miami tested the free-agent carousel at the position. It allowed a few names to come off the board before coming to an agreement with former Indianapolis Colts backup Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett signed a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million dollars with $5 million officially guaranteed.
Prior to his years in Indianapolis, he was a backup to QB Tom Brady in New England when the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Even though Brisset was the backup to Philip Rivers for the Colts last season, he did start 30 games in his four years there. He threw for 6,059 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions during his time in Indianapolis, giving Miami a very capable signal-caller in the event starting QB Tua Tagovailoa must miss time.
Miami Takes Flyer Contract on Former Rams RB Malcolm Brown
Miami also officially agreed to a contract with former Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown. Brown was apart of a three-headed monster committee out west last season that featured him, rookie Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.
Though Akers and Henderson both exceeded Brown’s 419 rushing yards, Brown’s five rushing TDs were tied with Henderson for the most rushing scores on the team. Brown also averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season, but the Dolphins’ offensive line will have to continue improving before Miami should realistically expect that production from him or any of its any backs.
Brown and the Dolphins agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million dollar contract that includes a $200,000 dollar signing bonus.
It is likely Brown will see most of his competition against 23-year-old Myles Gaskin, who ran for 584 yards and three TDs last season, and emerged as Miami’s starter. But, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird are expected to also be on the depth chart with the Dolphins eying a back in this year’s NFL Draft.
LB Vince Biegel Re-Signs
Furthermore, after tearing his Achilles prior to the start of last season, Miami re-signed linebacker Vince Biegel to a one-year contract.
Biegel adds some safety to the Miami defense who lost most of its LB corps following last season. He was the only free agent expected to re-sign and being a player that already knows the organization, he’ll be an under-the-radar staple the secondary needs. He had an interception and 2.5 sacks among his 27 solo tackles in his first season with Miami in 2019 after he was traded over from the New Orleans Saints.
In Surprise Move, Punter Matt Haack Signs with Buffalo
Finally, Miami is expected to start former Carolina Panthers punter Michael Palardy after it lost starting punter Matt Haack to division foe Buffalo yesterday. Palardy’s one-year deal is worth $1.4 million dollars with a $200,000 signing bonus.
From what FPC Dolphins knows, Miami was expected to keep Haack, so fellow writer Daniel Roberts will have a story on that development tomorrow.
Kayla Morton contributed to this article.