To the surprise of almost no one, the Miami Dolphins were quiet on the trade front as the NFL’s deadline came and went Tuesday. The Dolphins currently sit in that grey area where they aren’t good enough that a splash trade can bring a player that provides immediate help, yet aren’t bad enough to trade away players in which the team sees future value.
But it wasn’t all crickets in the front office, as the team did make three roster moves involving free agents, signing defensive end Ziggy Hood, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, and activating linebacker Mike Hull off of injured reserve. They also placed defensive tackle Vincent Taylor on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury.
Hood, a former first round draft pick (32nd overall in 2009) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a 10-year NFL veteran with 73 starts in 134 career games. He’s compiled 225 tackles (139 solo), 14 sacks, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and five fumble recoveries. He played the past three seasons with Washington, before being released earlier this month. He’s 6’-3” and 305 pounds, and is still only 31 years old, despite having a 10-year NFL career.
Williams, 6’-2” and 328 pounds, has played 81 games in his 6 year career, with 63 starts. He was also a first round pick, selected 28th overall in 2013 by the Denver Broncos. He has 120 tackles (83 solo), six sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery with three NFL teams (Denver, Tennessee, and Detroit. He was released by the Lions last week.
Hull was placed on injured reserve prior to the regular season. He has played in 35 career games with four starts for the Dolphins and totaled 42 tackles (27 solo), one interception, one pass defensed, and one fumble recovery. He also has 27 career special teams tackles (19 solo) and finished third in the NFL with 18 special teams tackles in 2016. He was an undrafted free agent signing in 2015.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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