ARLINGTON TX - NOVEMBER 21: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys breaks the tackle of Andre Fluellen #96 of the Detroit Lions and runs 29 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown at Dallas Stadium on November 21 2010 in Arlington Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The team released him in the final round of cuts this preseason.
Fluellen appeared in 51 games, starting five, in his four seasons with Detroit. He tallied 46 tackles, 2.5 sack, and one forced fumble with the Lions. He stands 6', 2", 302 lbs. and played college football at Florida State.
To get a better idea of who the Dolphins are getting, I asked for some input from Sean Yuille at Pride of Detroit.
Andre Fluellen was with the Lions from the time he entered the league in 2008 until the final round of cuts this year. He managed to remain on the roster for so long because he has good versatility. He's primarily a defensive tackle, but he has played defensive end in the past as well. He provided solid depth for the Lions for that reason.
This year, the only reason the Lions released Fluellen is because they ran out of room on the defensive line after drafting a defensive end. Instead of keeping Fluellen again as a fifth defensive tackle, they opted to keep a fifth defensive end. There just wasn't room for Fluellen, and I was actually thinking the Lions would bring him back if Nick Fairley receives a suspension. That obviously won't be an option now with Fluellen headed to Miami. The Dolphins are getting a reliable backup and a good teammate.
He will fill the roster vacancy left when the team released defensive tackle Ryan Baker earlier today. The Dolphins are looking to solidify their backup defensive tackle position following an injury to Tony McDaniel last week. Along with starters Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, Miami also has rookie seventh round pick Kheeston Randall at defensive tackle.