Dolphins sign T.J. McDonald

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Safety T.J. McDonald won’t be eligible to play in the first half of the 2017 season, but that hasn’t stopped him from landing a job for the second half of the year.

The Dolphins announced that they have signed McDonald after a recent visit. McDonald was ranked at No. 67 on PFT’s list of the top free agents.

McDonald will serve an eight-game suspension as a result of last year’s arrest for crashing into a parked car. McDonald ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and will be able to work with the team during the offseason, training camp and preseason before serving his ban.

McDonald was a starter in all four of his seasons with the Rams. He had 64 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in 16 starts last season.

The Dolphins extended Reshad Jones’ contract earlier this offseason, but a neck injury led them to part ways with 2016 starter Isa Abdul-Quddus. They also signed former Raider Nate Allen, who will be an option to join Jones in the secondary until McDonald is ready to go.

26 responses to “Dolphins sign T.J. McDonald

  1. Can’t say I like this signing. An 8 game suspension seems excessive (compared to similar incidents) unless there is a history…and if there is, I like the signing even less.

  2. Does anyone know if he can appeal the number of games of the suspension? And also this contract is for $775,ooo and only counts $615,ooo against the cap so this is a great show me deal. And they might get another show me contract for 1 year next year also. So this is a win win for Dolphins even if he screws up again.

  3. TJ is a dependable safety in the box, won’t make any flashy plays and coverage skills is below average to average. Too often goes for the big hit instead of wrapping up, and in the last two seasons both in 2015 ended the seasons of his own defensive teammates(Ogletree and Gaines) because of being reckless.

  4. I would be shocked if the next CBA is not modified so Goodell can’t penalize players for incidents outside of work. In this case the incident happened in May, not even during the season.

    If I did the same thing my company cannot touch me. For some reason the NFL is different, and I think it needs to change.

    How many people plead down to (or are charged with) reckless driving and lose 1/2 of a year’s income?

  5. I have had three DUIs and all three were reduced to reckless driving afterwards. I never however hit a parked car or hit anything for that matter while drunk. The 1st DUI i wasn’t even drunk I literally had half a beer….just had a jerk cop that wanted to arrest me for nothing and refused to tell me the results of the breath test.

    Hey its the offseason these guys are rich and young they enjoy themselves just like everybody else. He just made a poor decision that I can relate to. It doesn’t make him a bad person. He will think twice about getting behind the wheel after drinks now.

    Also be careful what articles you read on this online….I read another article that claim he was under the influence of drugs not alcohol. It also mentioned nothing about the charge reduced to reckless driving. It also claimed he got three years probation and $390 fine

  6. tarniman says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:32 PM

    I have had three DUIs and all three were reduced to reckless driving afterwards. I never however hit a parked car or hit anything for that matter while drunk. The 1st DUI i wasn’t even drunk I literally had half a beer….just had a jerk cop that wanted to arrest me for nothing and refused to tell me the results of the breath test.

    Hey its the offseason these guys are rich and young they enjoy themselves just like everybody else. He just made a poor decision that I can relate to. It doesn’t make him a bad person. He will think twice about getting behind the wheel after drinks now.

    Also be careful what articles you read on this online….I read another article that claim he was under the influence of drugs not alcohol. It also mentioned nothing about the charge reduced to reckless driving. It also claimed he got three years probation and $390 fine

    It sounds like you’re trying to defend him by chalking it up to being “rich and young”. With 3 DUI’s on your personal resume I probably would refrain from trying to defend anyone.

  7. bobthebillsfan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:27 PM

    I would be shocked if the next CBA is not modified so Goodell can’t penalize players for incidents outside of work. In this case the incident happened in May, not even during the season.

    If I did the same thing my company cannot touch me. For some reason the NFL is different, and I think it needs to change.
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    With all do respect how can you not understand this? These men are role models for our children. They make millions and absolutely need to be held accountable for such actions. This is just common sense.

  8. Reportedly he turned down other teams to sign with the Dolphins. Nice to see that Gase, in such a short period of time has developed the type of environment that has players passing on other teams and even taking less money to join The Dolphins….. Of course he could just want to enjoy the party scene in Miami but hey, either way he’s on the team! Good signing.

  9. “With all do respect how can you not understand this? These men are role models for our children. They make millions and absolutely need to be held accountable for such actions. This is just common sense.”
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    Most are not role models for my children.

  10. The kitchen-sink approach to stopping Brady and the Pats. You can be a drunk driver, as long as you haven’t yet killed anyone.

  11. The Dolphins are very thin at Safety and played most of the year without Starters. I like the signing as he is a solid player that turned down 3 teams to join the Dolphins, but I am not in love with poor character guys. Yes, second chances are cool, but who needs the headache. The Dolphins have done everything right, why chance it.

  12. @ schmitty2 I am not defending his actions I am just saying a DUI dosen’t mean you are a bad person. A cop could make a DUI everyday of the week is he wanted to. All he would have to do is park across from any place that sells alcohol….a restaurant a bar or wherever…People will come out over the legal limit. So are all those people that come out of a restaurant bad people? of course not is all im saying.

  13. tarniman says:
    Mar 31, 2017 6:44 PM
    @ schmitty2 I am not defending his actions I am just saying a DUI dosen’t mean you are a bad person. A cop could make a DUI everyday of the week is he wanted to. All he would have to do is park across from any place that sells alcohol….a restaurant a bar or wherever…People will come out over the legal limit. So are all those people that come out of a restaurant bad people? of course not is all im saying.
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    Driving drunk may not make a person a monster, but most “good” people do not jeopardize the lives of every person along their route simply because they don’t feel like planning ahead or calling for a sober ride. You said yourself “over the legal limit”. What do you think that means?

  14. @ FinFan68 welcome to the real world. A lot of people drive after having some drinks….and it is NOT limited to low life scum of people. Lawyers, Doctors, Business people, professional athletes(McDonald) rich people, poor people and middle class. All have driven after drinks. If you don’t well good for you….but in reality It happens every single day. Who are you to judge if a person is good or bad?

  15. I’m sorry but I can’t rap my brain around the philosophy of these regular guys with physical talent being labeled as role models, willingly or not when politicians who affect our lives aren’t even held accountable. I smell a huge double standard & I wonder why.

  16. Anybody that wants to limit DUIs to “bad guys” needs to look up the hundreds of DUIs arrests of Police officers. In Georgia ALONE. Get it right Im saying the officers were getting arrested for DUIs NOT making the arrests. Thats right these officers were driving DRUNK. ….and no it wasn’t limited to low ranking officers. Even police Captains were getting arrested.

    “Habersham County Sheriff’s Captain Freddie Chapman has been arrested 4 times on alcohol related charges spanning back to an underage alcohol violation in 1988”

    Don’t believe well you have the same internet access…the same Google look it up for yourself

  17. I responded to your misinterpretation (and my poor wording) of my previous post but the censors deleted it. No need to look anything up. You believe what you want to anyway. Justifying bad behavior by pointing out other bad behavior is asinine. Those officers you mentioned are far from examples of acceptable behavior. Using your terminology I would lump them in with the “bad guys”. Seems you are in a tizzy about what I said because you need to somehow justify your multiple DUIs. Here is the deal, if you would rather jeopardize the lives of innocent people just so you are not inconvenienced by acting responsible and finding a sober ride, then there is no point in trying to have an intelligent conversation on this subject.

  18. @FinFan68 You are right this is not an intelligent conversation because we are having two different conversations. ..and NO i didn’t misinterpret your post and I assume you got your wording the way you want it now. For the last Time I am NOT justifying bad Behavior. The point I’ve been trying to make read very carefully so you can understand. The point I’m trying to make is just because a person gets a DUI does NOT mean that he or she is a bad person.

    You think They are bad because in your mind and in your personal thinking they are “jeopardize the lives of innocent people” Thats how you think and I understand why you think that way. Yes people are killed by drunk drivers all the time to the tune of 31% of accidents. that leaves almost 70% of accidents not related to alcohol whats so ever. The highways can be die ways any day of the week alcohol or NO alcohol. You how ever should NOT label or Judge people as bad. All the people that cause accidents from texting and driving are they bad people too?

  19. Not good or bad…just self-centered and kinda stupid. Better? Texters are the same as the drunks in my opinion. I understand where you are coming from. Really. Lots of people do it and many never have to deal with the consequences. Until you personally witness the devastation of those kinds of convenience decisions I doubt you can relate. That isn’t a knock on you or your ideals. It is just simply this: Responding to several accidents and finding innocent people dead (including a 3 year old little girl and her mother once) tends to make my opinion on this issue pretty uncompromising. Yes, accidents that do not involve alcohol happen all the time, but, the ones involving alcohol (or texting) are 100% preventable. Good people can make bad decisions. No disrespect intended.

  20. @FinFan68 are you an EMS? I am sorry you had to witness that….and I understand more how you view the matter. Point taken. ..I hope my point was taken as well

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