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Miami Dolphins: Emmanuel Ogbah signing shows team building philosophy

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By timrodriguez March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The Miami Dolphins have signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah to a two year, $15 million contract, with $7.5 Million guaranteed.

On the second day of the 2020 free agency period, the Miami Dolphins add another piece of their rapidly improving defense. This wave of free agency moves not only shows how Brian Flores builds his team, but also the Dolphins philosophy in free agency versus the draft. Emmanuel Ogbah entered the NFL in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. Ogbah is another player similar to Shaq Lawson’s signing. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is a dominant edge rusher who can play on the edge and the interior. Lawson and Ogbah give Miami two stout edge rushers who can rush the passer and defend the run.

Ogbah was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 where he had more success prior to the injury. His season would be cut short suffering a torn pectoral muscle against the Tennessee Titans. He finished the season with 32 tackles (23 solo), and 5.5 sacks in ten games. His production as a rotational pass rusher helped the Kansas City Chiefs get through several injuries and earned him a new contract. Miami signed Emmanuel Ogbah to a two year, $15 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed.

Flores vision comes to fruition

While many Dolphins fans are ecstatic about the moves being made, no one is happier than Miami Dolphins head coach, Brian Flores. Flores is assembling his dream defense. The former Patriots disciple has been bringing in guys that fit his vision. Versatility and flexibility are things that Flores, and defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, value immensely. Last off-season, the Dolphins brought in other versatile players like Eric Rowe in free agency and Andrew Van Ginkel in the 2019 NFL Draft

In the past twenty-four hours, the Miami Dolphins have signed numerous Flores types of players. Byron Jones, a man-to-man press corner, was signed to play opposite of Xavien Howard, another pressman to man corner. Kyle Van Noy, an edge-linebacker hybrid that can defend both the pass and the run, was brought in to play alongside the likes of Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan. Both Ogbah and Lawson are big edges that will give Miami the ability to be multiple and versatile.

Dolphins team-building philosophy

Through two days of free agency, the Dolphins have signed five defensive players, compared to one offensive player. The Dolphins seem to be abiding by the philosophy of building an offense and buying a defense. Large amounts of money have been given to defensive players, while the offensive market for the Dolphins has been quiet. There has been interest in former Patriots center Ted Karras, but no deal is imminent.

In the draft, the Dolphins will likely be targeting a cavalcade of offensive players. The Dolphins hope to come out of the first round with a franchise quarterback and an offensive tackle. Later, they hope to draft a young running back and other offensive linemen.

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