Special team standout Walt Aikens agrees to 2 year deal with Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins are about 26 hours from the start of free agency and are looking at their own impending free agents, signing Walt Aikens to a two year deal.

Aikens has been very good on special teams and is a solid back-up when needed in the secondary. He is the first of the Dolphins impending free agents to get a new deal. The deal is for two years but the parameters and money is not know yet.

Miami has 14 unrestricted free agents now that Aikens is back. Lawrence Timmons and Ndamukong Suh are also free agents but Miami released Timmons and Suh will be released tomorrow.

Notable names include DE William Hayes, Damien Williams, John Denney, and Matt Moore. Moore and Hayes are expected to sign elswhere. Denney should be back and Williams is still a unkown. The others are Alterraun Verner, Sam Young who Miami wants back, Anthony Fasano, Terence Fede, Lamin Barrow, Michael Thomas, Jermon Bushrod, Koa Misi, Nate Allen and Jay Cutler.

Three Dolphins are restricted free agents. They include David Fales, Anthony Steen, and Neville Hewitt. Mike Hull, Jordan Lucas, and Jake Brendel are all exclusive rights free agents who can not negotiate with other teams.

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The Dolphins have until the start of free agency at 4:00 pm Wednesday to make decisions on some of those players but the majority are expected to test the market when it opens to start the league new year.

Miami has already added wide-receiver Albert Wilson. That transaction won’t become official until Wednesday afternoon.

In regards to Suh, the Dolphins will designate him a June 1 release. They will carry his full contract on their roster until June 1 and then will receive $17 million in open cap space. It won’t help Miami in free agency but will help as the season approaches and can be carried over into 2019 if it is unused.