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Richard Marshall has three-year agreement with Dolphins

Cincinnati Bengals half back Bernard Scott fights to break free from Arizona Cardinals' Richard Marshall during the second half of play in their NFL football game Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Reuters

Free agent defensive back Richard Marshall revealed on Twitter late Wednesday that he has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins on a three-year deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the numbers on Marshall’s deal: It’s worth $16 million, with $6 million guaranteed.

We mentioned Marshall’s visit to the Dolphins on Tuesday night. The Fins closed the deal, convincing Marshall he wouldn’t need to meet with any other teams.

Marshall was a top-35 player on the PFT Hot 100 because he is versatile, young, and an efficient tackler. The 27-year-old secured three interceptions and racked up 78 tackles last season, starting 9-of-16 games for the Cardinals.

He is probably ticketed for nickel back in Miami, but also could emerge as a starter at free safety.

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37 Responses to “Richard Marshall has three-year agreement with Dolphins”
  1. canetic says: Mar 14, 2012 10:02 PM

    something tells me his new jersey will be #19

  2. fafaflunky says: Mar 14, 2012 10:02 PM

    thats gonna fill all the seats in miami..who needs peyton

  3. dolfanatik says: Mar 14, 2012 10:06 PM

    Cool. Somebody to supplant Sean smith pretty ass.

  4. paleandpasty says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 PM

    Targeted a good free agent and landed him with no problem. Where are all the dolphin front office haters.

  5. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 PM

    Who?

  6. madmax80 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    They didn’t also sign Rashard Mendenhall, too – right?

    Cuz that’s what I thought when I first saw the headline (after several glasses of wine).

  7. terraj35 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:09 PM

    Can he play wide receiver?

  8. lostsok says: Mar 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    Nice signing! This gives Miami a replacement for Will Allen, at worst, and possible competition for safety or slot corner (or even to challenge Smith, if he continues his tepid play).

    This is a big need that could not be well satisfied in the draft. Other than Boykin and/or Iloka, there are few safeties that will be there in the 2nd-4th round with legitimate upside, and those two will need 1-2 years of coaching at the next level to pick up NFL schemes.

    Marshall helps in several ways, and does so immediately.

  9. kane337 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    Miami got Marshall back.

  10. finsrule2222 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:12 PM

    the only marshall i care about is brandon. and now hes gone :’(

    nah but this is actually a good sign for my fins. we desperately needed an upgrade at both free safety and the nickelback. ill take it.

  11. bobby4413 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:12 PM

    Perfect, this should convince Manning to come now.

  12. dlw492 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    So they get rid of “Brandon” to sign “Richard” (another bad move by Ireland)

  13. arizonahusker says: Mar 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    He was a good player last year for the Cards. Started at Corner, played nickel and some Safety for the Cards.

  14. quadya says: Mar 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    we needed a playmaker in the backfield in the worst way…hope he pans out

  15. jaybeehere says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 PM

    Great signing! Whats Peyton Manning doing lol? No, seriously..whats he doing?

  16. southbeachtalent says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 PM

    Not a bad signing, always thought Marshall was just ok. I can’t wait to read “Ross sells Dolphins”. That would be the best move for this team…

  17. drumnw says: Mar 14, 2012 10:19 PM

    something tells me his new jersey will be #19
    —————————-
    Something tells me cornerbacks can’t wear #19

  18. 69finfan says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 PM

    Why is this a bad move by JI? Marshall (Brandon) is a head case both on and off the field and he drops way too many passes (2nd in drops in NFL) especially near the goal line. Richard, welcome to Miami.

  19. paulie6909 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 PM

    Ok everyone…Marshall had 6td’s…what makes that so special, when he dropped so many td’s in the endzone that could have changed the game our way…this Peyton thing is old and you’ll see when Flynn gets here, he was the better choice

  20. phinfan527 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:25 PM

    Manning to Miami. Big deal. Who the &$@; is he going to throw to? Davone Bess!! There are no quality Wr’s left in FA that will make D coordinators lose sleep!! Big Phin fan but Miami to me are years away from a Superbowl!! Keep up the great work front office clowns!!

  21. tsep305 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:29 PM

    Miami had 14 million in cap space yesterday. They spent 6 million of that on Soliai and now 5 million on Marshall. Why they would assign a 5 million dollar cap hit to a nickel back is beyond me. The only thing that makes remote sense is that they put Marshal at FS. At this point it’s obvious Peyton isn’t coming to Miami. I’d expect more roster moves and restructuring too. Miami doesn’t even have enough to sign their draft picks now. Much less Flynn and another WR.

  22. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 14, 2012 10:30 PM

    Guy couldn’t cover anything in Carolina.

  23. rethinklogic says: Mar 14, 2012 10:32 PM

    Top 35 free agent. This class really blows

  24. dolphan22 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:38 PM

    Stop it with the brandon marshall non-sense…can you all at least give free agency a few days??there aren’t many nickle corners better than this guy or with a full offseason could be a decent safety.Marshall is gone…I’m sure they have somethin in mind Debbie downers

  25. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 14, 2012 10:47 PM

    On Monday the fins had $14 mil in cap as announced by all of the south Fla papers. They dumped Marshall saving $5.2 mil last night.

    After the two signings today I believe they have $8.2 mil left without any restructuring.

  26. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 10:47 PM

    To premium free agents lost today for the Bengals. Glad to see them putting that extra cap money stolen from the Redskins and Cowboys to good use.

    Great job by the NFLPA going along with the NFL illegally taking money from teams that love to spend it on players and giving it to teams that hate spending money on players.

    They would have been better off denying the league’s extortion attempt and let the cap settle at 117m instead of 120m. The two teams most likely to go 120 can’t now.

  27. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 10:48 PM

    *two*

  28. footballfan80 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:04 PM

    This signing sure should put an end to the decade plus running without a playoff victory.

  29. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 14, 2012 11:27 PM

    richard marshall is guaranteed to get your team 2-4 pass interference penalties a game along with 1 dropped interception

  30. bjcorradoua says: Mar 14, 2012 11:39 PM

    Marshall’s a good player. I really was hoping the Cards would somehow re-sign him, but I knew based upon his performance last season he would be a hot commodity. AZ’s DC Ray Horton named him his defensive MVP last season.

  31. 305phinphan says: Mar 14, 2012 11:51 PM

    Why are most Dolphin fans upset about the Brandon Marshall trade? He just punched a woman in the face at a nightclub, he is a head case! Even with a new team (at the time Miami) a nice new contract (one of the best for receivers) he still could not manage to stay out of trouble. It’s only a matter of time before Goodell suspends him for an entire year.

    It’s true that the rest of the WR’s in the FA class are nothing special but there is still a draft don’t forget!

    I can honestly see Miami using the 8th overall pick to select Michael Floyd from Notre Dame. He reminds me a lot of Jordy Nelson from the Pack.

    In Philbins offense there is not a #1 receiver, they spread the ball around and I’m sure if Marshall was not getting his 15-20 targets a game he would have made a scene.

    Like I said look for the Dolphins to go after Michael Floyd and Tommy Streeter in the draft. It’s not the end of the world and in all honestly I think Ireland did the right thing and he has also made some pretty good moves (Soliali, R.Marshall) in FA so far. If he can manage to land Matt Flynn and Eric Winston I would call this offseason a success!

  32. mc9399 says: Mar 15, 2012 12:03 AM

    all we have to do is restructure bell and dansby and resign long and starks for more cap room

  33. kingdm8 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:37 AM

    The Fins got a good player. He filled a big need for us in the D backfield and was a very good special teams player. Watch some of the Patrick Peterson punt return Td’s and you’ll see Marshall leading the way on quite a few. We’re gonna miss him in AZ if Toler doesn’t fully recover from his knee surgery.

  34. stevescars says: Mar 15, 2012 8:20 AM

    Lets see…Will Allen played fantastic last year, wanted to come back, and because of his age would have commanded far less money.

    Umm…limited cap space and huge holes to fill, including the recent trade of our best player.

    Got it.

  35. vaphinfan says: Mar 15, 2012 9:04 AM

    I guess they signed this guy to replace culver which is probably a slighty better upgrade but this FA period has been sad. There is not one place besides maybe the secondary, and its going to stink as long as sean smith continues to drop picks and side step to avoid tackling players, that the phins have gotten better.

  36. 42lyleblackwood says: Mar 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    Sounds a better class of player and can IMPROVE our secondary.
    I think losing Brandon Marshall was not that disappointing but the gaining of two third round picks is too lean a price to pay,two seconds at LEAST.

  37. dolfangirl says: Mar 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    DB’s can’t wear a number lower then 20, so 19 for him. And this will really help us out a lot

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