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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The Dolphins traded their 6th round pick for DE Williams Hayes and the Rams 7th round pick this year. While Hayes is 32 years old, I really like this move as he will fit in very well into our defensive lineman rotation. He still has a high motor and played well for the Rams. Obviously the Rams are in another rebuild mode, and looking to get younger. This is a move for us to be competitive while we are looking to get younger as well.
Hayes has been an effective situational pass rusher, generating 26.5 sacks as a part-timer over the past five seasons. He'll provide juice for a Dolphins line that seems comfortable rotating players in and out.
Hayes, 31, is under contract for $5.5 million this year and $5 million in 2018. He started 14 games for the Rams last year and had 43 tackles and five sacks.
Here are Pro Football Focus' stats on our new DE. Let's talk about it here.
The Dolphins signed WR Kenny Stills to a four-year, $32 million deal.$20 million in guaranteed. So, my feelings on this is that the Dolphins made a move to keep the offense moving forward by signing Stills. Stills had bigger offers on the table, so, someone was going to sign him. He took less to sign with our Dolphins which means that the culture is changing in Miami. Therefore, analysts outside the Dolphins are going to criticize this move, but those of us sort of on the inside know that this was a big win for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins signed DE Andre Branch to a 3 year, $27 million contract yesterday. That's $9 million a year. Branch was a spark plug and a nice surprise for us, so, it was important to keep him around. A little more expensive than I would have paid for him, but the draft is strong with defensive linemen, so, we can add another in the draft. I will also have to see how much we guaranteed his contract.