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Dolphins free agency update 2016: Chris Clemons, DE, meeting with Miami

Free agent defensive end Chris Clemons will meet with the Miami Dolphins today, according to a report. He could provide depth behind Cameron Wake and Mario Williams, as well as allow the Dolphins to use Wake as more of a pass rush specialist.

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The Miami Dolphins are meeting with defensive end Chris Clemons today, according to the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson. The Dolphins have been looking to add another veteran defensive end, ideally adding someone that would allow the team to make Cameron Wake a pass-rush specialist, rather than a three-down defensive end.

Clemons, who is 34, is the same age as Wake, but has the ability to move inside and play defensive tackle as well. That could allow Miami to slide him inside next to Ndamukong Suh, with Wake on the outside at defensive end, with Mario Williams on the other side.  At a minimum, Clemons would provide depth, along with Terrence Fede, at the defensive end position behind Wake and Williams.

Clemons is entering his 12th year in the league. He started with the Washington Redskins in 2004, spending two seasons with the team before a year with the Oakland Raiders, and a two year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2010, he joined the Seattle Seahawks, moving into the starting lineup for the first time. He started all 48 games in his first three seasons in Seattle, but was limited to 14 games with 11 starts in 2013. He signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, starting all 16 games that season, then playing in all 16 this past year, but only recording 7 starts. He recorded 3 sacks last year, along with 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery with a touchdown, and 14 tackles.

For his career, Clemons has 69 sacks, 25 passes defensed, 20 forced fumbles, 7 recoveries with two touchdowns, and 276 tackles. He recorded at least 11 tackles each season from 2010 through 2012.