The constant evaluation of a team’s roster seemingly never ends.
And obviously, coming of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dolphins feel like that they need a veteran defensive tackle.
So, Thursday afternoon they completed a trade with the Lions for defensive tackle Akeem Spence.
Mike Garafolo of NFL.com had the news first:
Lions are trading DT Akeem Spence to the Dolphins, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 3, 2018
The 6’1 305 lb. Spence spent 2017 in Detroit after signing as a free agent with the Lions. He played in all 16 games starting 11 with 37 tackles and three sacks to his resume.
Spence was originally a fourth round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2013, where he ended up playing four seasons. In that time, Spence also played for three different head coaches (Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter), as well as three different defensive schemes in those four years.
His best season in Tampa Bay was his second (2014), where he had 39 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
The Dolphins have a void on the interior of their defensive live created when they cut Ndamukong Suh in March to save over $9 million on the salary cap. Suh ended up signing with the L.A. Rams.
Back to Spence, the deal is reportedly for an undisclosed 2019 draft pick.
He signed a three year $9 million deal with the Lions that included a $2.25 million signing bonus. He had been slated to make just over $3 million in base salary and off season bonuses for 2018.
However, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions had slightly reworked his deal earlier in the week converting some of the bonus money into a 2018 guarantee that freed up cap space. It’s now believed that his salary for the Dolphins will be around $2.5 million.
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