The Jets were interested in bringing back free agent defensive end Marques Douglas earlier this week, but a division rival has swooped in and signed him. On Friday, the Dolphins agreed to terms with Douglas on a two-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The 33-year-old Douglas will stay at end in Miami, where the Dolphins run a 3-4 defense like the Jets. He replaces Phillip Merling on the roster. Merling is out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Despite Douglas’ age, he is still a potent run defender, which is the No. 1 requirement for linemen in 3-4 systems. The Dolphins just shouldn’t ask him to rush the passer. Douglas has two sacks in his last 32 games.