The Miami Dolphins and free agent linebacker Zach Brown spent Monday night and Tuesday morning getting to know each other, but appear to be ending the visit without a contract in place. According to Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson, the two sides were “unable to strike a deal” but that they “have not closed the door on the possibility of a deal down the road.” Jackson adds that the two sides are “not close on money,” with Brown looking to get a higher salary than the Dolphins are willing to pay him.
The Dolphins have spent this offseason looking for players that fit their system, but also ensuring they do not overpay for players based on their own internal price points. Brown, who is also thought to have an offer from the Oakland Raiders, is now expected to visit the Buffalo Bills, with whom he played the 2016 season and earned his first Pro Bowl berth. No other visits are known to be scheduled, but Brown could still look elsewhere to see if he can find the money he desires. If the salary does not materialize, Jackson writes, “Brown has by no means ruled out the Dolphins.”
Jackson add that the Dolphins informed Brown that they would like him to be their starting strong side linebacker, with the newly signed Lawrence Timmons in the middle, and Miami’s 2015 middle linebacker Kiko Alonso moving to the weak side.
The Dolphins have not announced the visit officially.
[UPDATE 4:15pm:] The Dolphins have officially announced the visit, with no contract signed:
The following player has visited the team: Zach Brown.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 21, 2017
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