After a significant wait, the Miami Dolphins have finally signed 2017 first-round pick Charles Harris to what is expected to be a 4-year, $10.8 million dollar contract, with a team option for a fifth year which would need to be exercised in 2020 and based on the average salaries of the NFL's top 20 highest paid DEs.
Though the terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, the numbers stated were what Harris was originally slotted to receive, and as is standard for first-round picks, most of it should be guaranteed.
The 22-year old Harris was a standout pass-rusher at Missouri, and he will immediately compete with veterans Andre Branch and William Hayes for playing time opposite 35-year old star Cameron Wake, who despite his increasingly advanced age, has continued to be a terror for quarterbacks across the league.
Harris is expected to be the eventual successor for Wake, and he has stated on multiple occasions that he intends to spend as much time as possible with the veteran to learn how he prepares and how he plays.
During his time at Missouri, Harris played in 38 games with 25 starts, recording 136 tackles, 18 sacks, five forced fumbles and one recovery. His 18 sacks are tied for seventh in school history and his 34.5 tackles for loss are tied for 11th.
It's clear that the first-rounder is focused on his game, even before he signed his deal on Wednesday, he made it abundantly clear that he would play and give it his all regardless of whether he'd signed or not. That bodes well regarding the young player's work ethic, and it already shows that the pass-rusher just might have a bright future in the NFL.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung.
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