Falcons land Derrick Shelby

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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.

15 responses to “Falcons land Derrick Shelby

  1. Bad move by the Fins, these are the type of players you keep. I can see losing OV he wasn’t / isn’t worth 50+ million but Shelby was steady and would have slid into OV’s spot nicely.

  2. Arrested for allegedly touching women without permission in a club in 2014. That’s quality signing for the Dan Quinn Dumpster Fire.

  3. erebvs | Mar 9, 2016, 7:43 PM CST
    Same old stupid Fins philosophy: groom players, let them go, spend like a drunk in FA…

    ————————————————————————————– 2 mid tier signings. Different approach this year. Catch up

  4. rutledge3197 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 9:08 PM
    Groom players that have success elsewhere ….. Like who ???

    Wes Welker
    Rob Ninkovich
    Sean Smith
    Vontae Davis
    Chris Hogan
    Dan Carpenter
    Charles Clay
    to name a few.

  5. Sorry people, this is the new nfl. You better be hitting on 4-5 rookies every year or you are stuck playing the free agent market. All of these contracts are basically 2-3 year deals max anyway. Most of these guys will be cut by then. Cap going up every year plus the 89% rule kicking on this year are making for ridulous contracts now and in the future. Hennehill’s contract doesn’t look so bad now when u look at what guys like Bradford and osweiler are getting. There’s gonna be a lot if ticked off players in the next couple of years that are already under contract when they see what these guys are getting.

  6. Shelby was really coming onto a game and is fairly versatile. Sets the edge brilliantly and is respectable in the pass rush. Rushing downs is where he’ll make his money

  7. I was more upset him leaving than OV. From the price tags and that Shelby probably could have stepped into the role of OV and done as well most likely. Godspeed DS.

  8. Groom players that have success elsewhere ….. Like who ???

    Wes Welker
    Rob Ninkovich
    Sean Smith
    Vontae Davis
    Chris Hogan
    Dan Carpenter
    Charles Clay
    to name a few.


    …and make dumb signings like Suh so you can’t keep talent like Vernon, Miller, and Wake. Hell even the Mario Williams signing is a panic button push.

  9. erebvs says:
    Mar 9, 2016 8:43 PM

    Same old stupid Fins philosophy: groom players, let them go, spend like a drunk in FA…

    Sounds like your having it both ways. The team “over spends” on FA. Yet when they let players go that command a ransom it’s bad.

    This guy I side with. There was value there.

  10. BETTER

    These guys played better their new team(s) than they did with the Dolphins.

    — CB Vontae Davis: Had 9 INTs in three seasons with Dolphins (2009-11); 12 INTs and two Pro Bowls with Indianapolis (2012-15).

    — CB Sean Smith: Posted 5 INTs in four seasons with Dolphins (2009-12); 5 INTs and overall better play with Kansas City (2013-15).

    — LB Karlos Dansby: Three 100-tackles seasons and 1 INT with the Dolphins (2010-12); named All Pro (2013) and had two 100-tackle seasons, 8 INTs, 4 TDs with Arizona (2013) and Cleveland (2014-15).

    — WR Brandon Marshall: Very close call. Had 167 receptions, 2,228 yards, 9 TDs, Pro Bowl in two seasons with Dolphins (2010-11); 388 receptions, 5,026 yards, 45 TDs, three Pro Bowls in three years with Chicago (2012-14) and one with the New York Jets (2015).

    — CB Nolan Carroll: Had 135 tackles, 5 INTs, 3.0 sacks in four season with the Dolphins (2010-13); 88 tackles, 2 INTs with Philadelphia (2014-15).


    These guys played the same or worse with their new team as they did with the Dolphins.

    — WR Mike Wallace: Had 140 receptions, 1,792 yards, 15 TDs in two seasons with the Dolphins (2013-14); 39 receptions, 473 yards, 2 TDs with Minnesota (2015).

    — G Richie Incognito: Made 55 starts and one Pro Bowl berth in four seasons with the Dolphins (2010-13); made 16 starts, one Pro Bowl berth with Buffalo (2015).

    — DT Jared Odrick: Close call. Only played one game as a rookie (2010). Had 128 tackles, 16.5 sacks in four seasons with the Dolphins (2011-14); had 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks with Jacksonville (2015).

    — DT Randy Starks: Had 253 tackles (36.2 tackles/year), 30.5 sacks and two Pro Bowls in seven seasons with the Dolphins (2008-14); 29 tackles, 1.0 sack with Cleveland.

    — DT Paul Soliai: Had 160 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one Pro Bowl in seven run-stuffing seasons with the Dolphins (2007-13); 51 tackles, 1.0 sack in two seasons with Atlanta (2014-15).

    — TE Charles Clay: Had 161 receptions, 1,809 yards, 14 TDs in four season with the Dolphins (2011-14); 51 receptions, 528 yards, 3 TDs with Buffalo (2015).

    — LT Jake Long: Made 74 starts and four Pro Bowls in five years with the Dolphins (2008-12); 26 starts in three seasons with St. Louis (2013-14) and Atlanta (2015).

    — S Chris Clemons: Had 278 tackles, 4 INTs, 48 starts in five seasons with the Dolphins (2009-13); 5 tackles, 0 INTs, 0 starts in two seasons with Arizona (2014-15).

    — LB Kevin Burnett: Another close call. Had 216 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD in two seasons with the Dolphins (2011-12); 105 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT with Oakland (2013).

    — RB Reggie Bush: Rushed for 2,071 yards, 12 TDs, and had 72 receptions, 588 yards, 3 TDs in two seasons with the Dolphins (2011-12); 1,331 yards rushing, 6 TDs, and 98 receptions, 778 yards, 3 TDs in three seasons with Detroit (2013-14) and San Francisco (2015).

    — LB Dannell Ellerbe: Had 101 tackles, 1.0 sack and 2 INTs in only complete season with the Dolphins (2013). Only played one game in 2014 after sustaining season-ending injury; 39 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 INTs in six games with New Orleans (2015).

    — LB Philip Wheeler: 163 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0 INTs in two seasons 29 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 0 INTs with Atlanta (2015).

    — CB Jimmy Wilson: Very close call. Had 154 tackles, 4 INTs and 2.0 sacks in in four seasons with the Dolphins (2011-14); 44 tackles, 1 INT, 1.0 sack with San Diego (2015).

    — CB Cortland Finnegan: Had 44 tackles, 0 INTs, 0 sacks in one season with the Dolphins (2014); retired briefly then came back midseason and had 18 tackles, 0 INTs, 0 sacks with Carolina (2015).

    — G John Jerry: Made 45 starts in four season with the Dolphins (2010-13); 24 starts in two season with the New York Giants (2014-15).

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