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NFL: MIami Dolphins Sign Jets DE Marques Douglas

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27:  Marques Douglas #93 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Peyton Manning and many of the Colts starters  were pulled from the game in the second half and the Colts went on to lose their first game of the season 29-15.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Debora RubiContributor IJuly 24, 2010

According to ESPN, the Miami Dolphins signed defensive end Marques Douglas to a $2.5 million contract Friday.

Douglas was the fourth leading tackler for the Jets last season. He started every game for New York last year and was thought to be a favorite of Rex Ryan.

The New York team, however, made little effort to resign the defender.

The Dolphins were in the market for a new defensive end after they lost defensive end Phillip Merling for the season with a torn ACL.



The Dolphins have now traded defensive ends with New York after Jason Taylor went to the Jets earlier in the summer.

The Dolphins had linebackers and defensive linemen as their priorities after having trouble with the running game.

With the addition of LaDanian Tomlison to the Jets, Miami will have to deal not only with some of the best receivers in the league but one of the best run offenses.

While not explosive, Douglas has shown to be a more consistent player than Merling was with the Dolphins.

Douglas has had experience with Dolphins' defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who coached him in Baltimore and San Diego. His transition to the Miami defense should not have any complications.

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