The Dolphins added some special teams help and linebacker depth as they tweak the roster before the draft. Linebacker Terence Garvin has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fourth NFL team since entering the league in 2013.
Garvin, 28, played in 15 games last season for the Seahawks, starting three. He was primarily a special teams player, but he did record one sack, one forced fumble, one pass deflection and nine tackles on the year.
Garvin came to Seattle after spending one year in Washington and three with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
Seattle’s linebacker depth takes a hit with the loss of Garvin. However, the team is returning elite starters Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, while also bringing in free agent Barkevious Mingo to play on the strong side. The Seahawks also have D.J. Alexander on hand as depth.
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Garvin has played five NFL seasons with Pittsburgh (2013-15), Washington (2016) and Seattle (2017). He’s totaled 74 games played with four starts and tallied 27 tackles (17 solo), 1.5 sacks and one pass defense on defense. Garvin has also totaled 49 tackles (37 solo) and one forced fumble on special teams. He played in three playoff games for Pittsburgh during the 2014-15 seasons.
The Dolphins still could use help at the linebacker position despite signing Garvin. But he will give the Dolphins depth defensive while giving them another player who can play on special teams.
he Dolphins have been busy this offseason. They traded receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-round selection because they couldn’t agree on a long-term deal with the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Miami also released starting center Mike Pouncey and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, both team captains, in a move that cleared $24 million in cap space.
Tight end Julius Thomas and linebacker Lawrence Timmons, two starters added last offseason, were also released. And Miami didn’t re-sign starting guard Jermon Bushrod, safety Michael Thomas, tailback Damien Williams, linebacker Neville Hewitt and defensive end Terrence Fede.
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