The Miami Dolphins announced they have traded defensive end Chris McCain to the New Orleans Saints. The Dolphins will receive a conditional seventh round draft pick in exchange for the third-year player.
McCain, 6’5” and 236 pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2014 NFL draft. He played in 18 games for the Dolphins, with no starts, and has seven career tackles and two sacks.
Saints coach Sean Payton said last week that the team needed to be better at rushing the passer, and McCain adds exactly that as his strength. He’ll likely be used in substitution packages in New Orleans, and will see the field more than he was projected to play with Miami, where the Dolphins are dealing with a logjam of defensive ends as final roster cuts approach next week. McCain was currently listed as third in the defensive end depth chart.
McCain is a fan favorite, endearing himself with his pre-game ritual of seeking out a young fan during warm-ups and giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking around the field to meet players on the team.
McCain tweeted his farewell, “Thank you Dolphins for a wonderful 2 ½ yrs. Love Florida, but God always has a plan. I’m very thankful for this opportunity. #whodat”
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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