The Miami Dolphins have announced that they have re-signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and cornerback Michael Thomas. Both Sheppard and Thomas were set to hit the free agent market. The two players mainly serve as depth and back-ups, occasionally seeing time on the field. However, both are a big part of the special teams unit.
Sheppard has played in the NFL for four seasons, spending two with the Buffalo Bills, one with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Dolphins. Over that time, he has accumulated 139 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 passes defended. Thomas has been in the NFL for two years, spending time on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad before the Dolphins swooped him and grabbed him towards the end of 2013. He has 18 tackles over that time. Thomas is best known for intercepting Tom Brady's pass in the end zone to seal the win for the Dolphins towards the end of the 2013 season.
“I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to keep Kelvin and Michael with the Miami Dolphins, said general manager Dennis Hickey. "Kelvin and Michael both played important roles last season, filling in on defense as well as being key contributors on special teams. Additionally, we placed a restricted free agent tender on Derrick Shelby with the hope to retain him as a member of the Dolphins.”
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This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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