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Dolphins hosting former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro

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Say this for the Dolphins, they continue to be aggressive for the upcoming 2018 season. With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, Miami hasn’t forgotten what still out there in terms of free agency to help them, first.

And the Fins seem to be very interested in a former New Orleans Saints safety that could solve one of their needs.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the information first Thursday morning:

 

Vaccaro, who is 27 and a former first round pick of the Saints in 2013, would bring a veteran presence to the safety position. The team has Reshad Jones, who made the Pro Bowl a year ago, but did lose Michael Thomas to free agency and the New York Giants last month.

We have also written about the possibility the Dolphins maybe looking at drafting a safety like Florida State’s Derwin James, in the opening round, as well.

As of Thursday morning, Miami still had $5.3 million remaining under the salary cap to make moves with in free agency. This also doesn’t include potentially re-working of other deals, which could be in progress, as well.

Vaccaro made $5.7 million in 2018, which was the fifth year option on his original rookie deal in New Orleans that paid him a total of $9.4 million overall.

He battled groin and wrist injuries last season, but still made 60 tackles in 12 games and also had a career high three interceptions. The Saints put him on injured reserve with two games to go in the season.

The hard hitting Vaccaro’s best tackling season was 2015, when he had 104 total tackles. The Saints elected to allow him to try the free agent market last month.

Miami did some cost cutting earlier with trading away Jarvis Landry to Cleveland for draft picks and outright releasing Ndamukong Suh. Those moves saved the team over $35 million in salary for 2018.

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