DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami dolphins probably thought they were starting to tackle Jordan Mills for a one-year contract on Thursday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $ 3 million.
This fills a huge need for Miami, who has missed a starter caliber right tackle since Ja & # 39; Wuan James left for the Denver Broncos in free agency.
One major factor in this move was that Mills won not count on the compensation formula since he was signed after May 8. The dolphins store picks for 2020 and are expected to receive a third and fifth round of compensation picks next season to lose James and defeat Cameron Wake in the free agency.
Miami is also estimated to have over $ 100 million in space along with 10 draft picks (12 including projected compensation picks) in the 2020 draft.
Mills, 28, began to tackle right the last three seasons for Buffalo Bills and he started 82 out of 87 games throughout his six-year NFL career. But he had some fighters in Buffalo and the team decided to let him test the free agency. The bills signed several offensive linemen and prepared earlier Oklahoma's right to tackle Cody Ford in the second round to help replace Mills.
The dolphins have to get more out of Mills than Buffalo did in recent seasons for Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick to feel comfortable with him and protect his right side. In any case, dolphin's general manager Chris Grier found a probable starter in May which does not cost the team a valuable 2020 draft.
Dolphin Offensive Line Trainer Pat Flaherty was happy to add more competition to the right tacking position. He said Mills will compete with sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince and swing tackle Zach Sterup for that job.
Mills is the favorite to win the job, and he would add a little more experience to an offensive line that will have at least two new starters in 2019.