By: Brandon Liguori
Defensive end Charles Harris, Miami’s 2017 first-round selection out of Missouri, was traded Friday to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2021, according to league sources. The 2021 seventh-round pick now gives the Dolphins 10 total picks next spring, with two coming in the opening round.
Unable to live up to his first-round status, Harris totaled just 3.5 sacks in his three seasons with the Dolphins, starting in just eight of a possible 41 games. Brian Flores and Chris Grier grabbed many weapons on the defensive side of the football during the free agency period and the draft, including Emmanuel Ogbah, Shaq Lawson and Raekwon Davis, so the organization elected to move a different way with a struggling Harris, who will become an UFA in 2022.
Harris will now get an opportunity to work and develop under Atlanta’s Dan Quinn, who served as the defensive coordinator a season ago. A day prior to Harris’ move, the Dolphins released defensive end Taco Charlton, the Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 first-round draft choice from Michigan.
Charlton, who was acquired off waivers before the Dolphins’ Week 3 contest at Dallas this past season, led the team in sacks (5.0) despite playing in 10 of a possible 16 games. It was reported late Friday night that the Kansas City Chiefs signed Charlton to a one-year deal, with the defending Super Bowl champions now being Charlton’s third team in four years.
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