Kyle Van Noy is remaining in the AFC East, but he is changing teams.
The former New England Patriots linebacker signed a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins in the early stages of free agency. And he is ready to bring his veteran presence to a franchise that sorely needs it:
“I’m just going to try to hopefully take a more leadership role because I’m going to be one of the older players on this team, and I just hope I can help out the young guys — not just as football players, but as people, too,” said Van Noy, according to Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins’ team website. “I just want them to — I hope I can show them the right way, how to be a professional because that’s what it’s all about.”
Van Noy certainly has his work cut out for him.
While Miami was not the historically bad mess that many expected the club to be in 2019, they went just 5-11. The Dolphins have made the playoffs just once since 2009 and twice since 2002.
That is certainly in stark contrast to the Patriots, who have won six Super Bowl titles dating back to the 2001 campaign and have also won 11 straight division titles. Van Noy was a part of two of those Super Bowl wins and four of those division crowns.
The 29-year-old is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 15 games and registered 56 tackles, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.
Van Noy actually began his NFL career with the Detroit Lions back in 2014 before he was eventually traded to New England in October 2016.