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Dolphins sign linebacker Nate Orchard

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The Dolphins are poised to add some veteran depth in the form of linebacker Nate Orchard in an effort to boost their pass rush, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The Dolphins brought in several veteran edge players, including linebacker Connor Barwin and some young prospects for workouts on Wednesday.

Barwin has been mulling various options, and the Dolphins ultimately decided to offer Orchard, who has five sacks in 38 NFL games for Cleveland, Buffalo and Kansas City.

Orchard, 26, was drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by Cleveland in 2015 after a senior season at Utah in which he had 18.5 sacks, was named All Pac-10 and won the Ted Hendricks Award for the top college defensive end.

The 6’4″, 260 pound linebacker/pass rusher has bounced around the league since being released by the Browns in September of the 2018 season. He spent time last season with both the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.

Orchard came into the league with plenty of potential but failed to gain traction and develop into a viable pass rusher, despite his draft status. He comes into a good situation with the Dolphins, as the team looks to run a versatile defense with many fronts, which should allow him to be put in multiple positions where he can succeed.

The Dolphins waived-injured guard Isaac Asiata, a fifth-round pick in 2017. They waived center Kirk Barron and placed wide receiver Ricardo Louis on injured reserve.

 

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