A former Dolphins defensive end cashed in on Wednesday when Olivier Vernon signed a record-breaking deal with the Giants.
Derrick Shelby won’t join Vernon at the top of the curve, but he also became a former member of the Dolphins before the day was out. According to multiple reports, the Falcons have signed Shelby to what Field Yates of ESPN reports is a four-year deal with $7.5 million guaranteed out of a maximum $21 million.
Atlanta needed to address their pass rush this offseason and Shelby should help in that effort. Shelby stepped in as a starter after Cameron Wake tore his Achilles last season and had 3.5 sacks for the Dolphins while also playing well against the run. He had 5.5 sacks in a more limited role over the previous two seasons.
Shelby should slot in across from Vic Beasley in the Falcons defense and Atlanta surely hopes that his presence will help the 2015 first-round pick realize the potential that led the Falcons to take him that early.