The Miami Dolphins are definitely in need of pass-rush help and they have reached out to the now-defunct Alliance of American Football to find some.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed on Monday afternoon that Miami will be signing a former star with the San Antonio commanders of the AAF:
The #Dolphins are signing OLB/ pass rusher Jayrone Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2019
As Rappaport mentioned, Elliott lead the entire league with 7.5 sacks in the shortened eight-game season. San Antonio finished with a 5-3 record and finished with the second best team in the Western Conference of the league that folded six days ago.
Elliot, who was undrafted out of Toledo in 2014, has previously been on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. His best season was 2015 with the Packers 17 tackles and three sacks.
The Fins have already traded a veteran presence on the defensive end, Robert Quinn, to the Cowboys. Quinn had 6.5 sacks playing in all 16 games a year ago for Miami, and the Dolphins already lost veteran and former Pro Bowl DE, Cam Wake, to free agency. Now, the new coaching staff with Brian Flores at the helm and Patrick Graham, as defensive coordinator, are trying to re-tool.
Another factor is the 2019 NFL draft is loaded with “Edge” rushers, and Miami could easily reload with one in the middle of the first round or in round two. The Dolphins already used a first-round pick two years ago on Missouri defensive end Charles Harris, who has greatly underachieved.
Back to Elliott and the AAF, he obviously took his time in meeting with several teams before signing. Also, Miami signed Birmingham Iron offensive lineman, Michael Dunn, to add depth at another position where they have struggled over the previous two seasons.
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