The Miami Dolphins have inked their first round pick Jared Odrick. Odrick is the 4th first rounder to sign, moments later the Dolphins signed second rounder Koa Misi. Odrick is a Defensive End out of Penn State and will reportedly receive a 5 year deal with a max package of 13 mil over that duration and has 7.133 mil guaranteed.
This is one of the perks of picking back so far in the first round. When Jake Long was the first overall pick, Miami had to make him the highest paid offensive tackle before he’d ever played a snap. Jared Odrick’s deal will end up being a steal if he turns into a stud 3-4 end by the time he gets into the final years. Hopefully next season the Dolphins are picking around 28 because they earned it, but this is reasonable money to spend on a first rounder.
This is also good news because it gets Odrick into camp on time. Right now, with the recent season-ending injury (and legal issues) of Phillip Merling, Odrick enters camp as a favorite to start. Nothing sets rookies back like a hold out. I think Jason Allen is still recovering from his.
Jeff Darlington now reports the Dolphins have also signed Koa Misi. Misi is a second round pick out Utah who will factor heavily into the mix at outside linebacker. Many believe he will win one of the starting jobs and Peter King of SI even has him as one of his top five preseason rookies to watch.
According to the Herald it should be a four-year deal with approximately $2.7 million in guaranteed money. Extremely reasonable terms for a guy who could potentially start outside at linebacker for the foreseeable future.
The real star in these proceedings is Jeff Ireland whose record in Miami through three years of drafting has seen only one holdout which lasted just two hours. Misi and Odrick both needed to be in camp in order to get the maximum numbers of reps and get the best opportunity to start this year. Now they both will be on day one, and both of them come at reasonable rates.
Miami can now turn its attention to training camp and the installation of its offense and defense, depth chart battles, personnel packages and who will line up on special teams, you know, football things. These signings officially mark the end of the off-season and now, as of tomorrow morning, football will return to South Florida.