The Miami Dolphins’ pursuit to add another pass rusher ahead of training camp has brought them to free-agent linebacker Shaquem Griffin.
The former Lakewood High and UCF standout who spent the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, signed with Miami on Friday afternoon, the Dolphins announced. It’s reportedly a one-year deal.
Griffin has been an inspirational story in NFL circles for the way he reached professional football after having his left hand amputated when he was 4 years old. He went on to have a standout college career at UCF as a key defensive player on the Knights’ 2017 undefeated team.
The Seahawks took the 26-year-old St. Petersburg native in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft. Contributing largely on special teams in Seattle, he has 25 tackles over the past three seasons. Griffin recorded his first career sack against the New York Jets last December.
With the Seahawks, Griffin played with twin brother and cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who has since signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two also played together at UCF.
The Dolphins could use more pass-rushing competition on the roster in training camp, which begins Tuesday. Earlier in the summer, they brought in longtime Charger Melvin Ingram for a workout, but he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.
Miami lost two of its top sack leaders from the 2020 season in Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson in the offseason. The Dolphins have since drafted Jaelan Phillips in the first round after his breakthrough season with the Miami Hurricanes. Phillips could play outside linebacker opposite of defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the team with nine sacks last season. Miami also has Andrew Van Ginkel and Vince Biegel as top candidates to start at the other outside linebacker spot.
The Dolphins added another Sunshine State product in former Florida Atlantic and Glades Central cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc later Friday.
The Dolphins waived defensive end Nick Coe and long snapper Rex Sunahara on Friday to make room for Griffin and LeBlanc.