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Dolphins Sign Recently Suspended Safety T.J. McDonald

Ari Russell



The Miami Dolphins made an interesting move this week adding a player who will not be available for the first eight games of the season. Former Rams safety, T.J. McDonald was picked up by the Dolphins on a one year deal.

Here’s the Miami Herald with more:

McDonald has been suspended for half the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He’ll return in either Week 9 or 10, depending on when the NFL gives the Dolphins their bye.

McDonald comes to the Dolphins from the Rams, with whom he spent his first four NFL seasons. He started 53 games in that time, recording 281 tackles.

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McDonald will join the likes of Reshad Jones, Nate Allen, Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens. It’s clear that the McDonald pick up is to add depth and make sure the team is solid at the position later in the season in case someone gets hurt. Other than that, this would be considered a risky move. It is only a one year contract and won’t hit them too hard salary cap wise.
McDonald assured the Dolphins that he won’t be getting into any more trouble after pleading guilty to reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol, which is what ultimately led to the suspension.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.