The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin to a one-year deal on Friday, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. The 26-year-old had been visiting with teams throughout the offseason, so it's evident that his services were in demand. However, a meeting with the Dolphins last week obviously went well enough to result in a contract for the 2021 NFL season.
This will be somewhat of a homecoming for Griffin. He was born four hours away from Miami in St. Petersburg and even played collegiate football for the University of Central Florida Knights.
Griffin has overcome a lot to play in the NFL. He was born with amniotic band syndrome in his left hand, which prevent his fingers from developing properly. At the age of 4, he had said hand amputated, however, that never stopped him from pursuing his love for sports.
After accumulating accolades throughout his collegiate career, including being named first-team All-ACC twice, Griffin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round back in 2018.
Griffin suited up in 14 games (zero starts) with the Seahawks in 2020, recording 9 total tackles, 3 quarterback hits and a sack. He'll likely assume a depth role on a Dolphins' defensive unit that surrendered just 21.1 points per game (4th) last season. Even if he wasn't signed to be a starter, Griffin is just 25 years old so his best football could still be ahead of him.
Regardless of his role, Griffin was signed to help Miami be as successful as can be in 2021. After going 10-6 in 2020 and just missing out on the playoffs, the Dolphins have +3000 odds (T-12th) to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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