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Dolphins News: Ex-Chiefs DE Emmanuel Ogbah Agrees to 2-Year, $15M Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27:  Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah #90 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets set on defense against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins continued upgrading their defense Tuesday, reportedly signing defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to a two-year, $15 million deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The pact includes $7.5 million in guaranteed money. 

On Monday, the Dolphins upgraded the secondary, reportedly signing cornerback Byron Jones to a five-year, $82.5 million deal. It was a busy day for the Dolphins across the board as they looked to rebuild their defense:

Field Yates @FieldYates

A year ago, the Dolphins were beginning the process of a roster tear down. Today, they were the most active team in free agency including: ▪️CB Byron Jones: 5-years, $82.5M ▪️LB Kyle Van Noy: 4-years, $51M ▪️DE Shaq Lawson: 3-years, $36M max ▪️OL Ereck Flowers: 3-years, $30M

It's clear the Dolphins were focused on upgrading the pass rush and cornerback position in free agency, pairing Jones with Xavien Howard in the secondary while adding Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Ogbah. Those latter three players combined for 18.5 sacks last year.

After finishing last in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed (39) and sacks (23) last season and 26th in passing yards allowed (262.4 YPG), the Dolphins have seriously upgraded their pass defense. 

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@AdamSchefter @RosenhausSports Emmanuel Ogbah’s 70.1 grade ranked 40th among 119 edge defenders in 2019. https://t.co/HxQF9PbcwB

Ogbah, 26, had a solid 2019 with the Kansas City Chiefs, registering 32 tackles (six for loss), 5.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits and a forced fumble. It was his best season since his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns (53 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits) in 2016. 

Ogbah and Lawson may not move the needle like some of the bigger names in free agency, but both will provide pressure off the edge. That, combined with arguably the best cornerback pair in football in Howard and Jones, should bolster a pass defense that was in need of a retooling.

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