Miami Dolphins: Top 5 moves made during the off season
4. Emmanuel Ogbah re-signs with the Miami Dolphins
Along with Xavien Howard, Emmanuel Ogbah has been one of the most consistent players on the Dolphins defense in recent memory. The now-fifth year pass rusher has back-to-back nine sack seasons, and pressured the quarterback 39 times in 2021.
But it is his ability to bat down passes at the line that have made him ultra valuable to Miami’s defense. He had twelve passes defended last season, a handful of them coming on crucial third downs that stalled drives for opposing offenses.
Ogbah was set to hit the open market in free agency this off season after spending much of last year wondering if he’d get an extension from the Dolphins. But he ultimately wanted to stay in Miami, and the Dolphins needed him to shore up their pass rush for the foreseeable future. The two sides were able to come to an agreement on a $65 million contract that will keep Ogbah in South Florida for another four years, giving them peace of mind at a position that they would have a gaping hole at would he have signed elsewhere.
Ogbah will be a key factor for the Dolphins if they hope to have defensive success in 2022, and it is in the team’s best interest that he remains healthy. Aside from second-year player Jaelan Phillips, Miami is short on pass rushing specialists, an area that will be crucial given the excellence of the quarterbacks that the Dolphins will play against this coming season.