NFL: MIami Dolphins Sign Jets DE Marques Douglas

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NFL: MIami Dolphins Sign Jets DE Marques Douglas
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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.

Analysis

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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