The Miami Dolphins agreeing to terms(or negotiating positions, if that helps the NFL's investigation into contract deals in the negotiating period) with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh gives the team the top player at his position in the league. It also meant the player selected 26 picks later, who also plays defensive tackle, suddenly become expendable. Jared Odrick, who the Dolphins had wanted to re-sign, did not stay unemployed long, however, as he has agreed to
terms a negotiating position with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins and Omar Kelly.
Odrick, Miami's first-round draft choice in 2010, was considered to be an in-demand free agent this offseason, with multiple teams chasing him. Odrick will take his versatility, having played 4-3 defensive end, 3-4 defensive end, 4-3 defensive tackle, and linebacker at different times for Miami, up I-95 from South Beach to Duval County.
After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Odrick has not missed a game for the Dolphins, playing in 64 straight contests, with 41 starts. He has recorded 16.5 sacks, with one interception, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 129 tackles. Plus, he does the Pee-Wee Herman dance when he gets a sack.
The loss of Odrick was not unexpected, especially with the anticipated signing of Suh, but it still will be a loss for the Dolphins. The team will currently start Randy Starks next to Suh, though the team could still release Starks, freeing up $5 million in salary cap space. If they were to do that, Earl Mitchell would likely become the second starting defensive tackle, with A.J. Francis taking over the third spot on the depth chart. The team also has Anthony Johnson as a reserve for the position, who looked good in flashes last year before an ankle injury ended his season.