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Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard visits Dolphins on first day of free agency

Jabaal Sheard won a Super Bowl with New England in 2016.
Jabaal Sheard won a Super Bowl with New England in 2016. AP

Is it really a visit if you’re coming home?

Jabaal Sheard is about to find out.

The Patriots’ free agent defensive end met with the Dolphins on Thursday, the first day legally allowed. He made the short drive from his Fort Lauderdale home to the Dolphins’ Davie headquarters.

Sheard, who played his high school ball at Hollywood Hills, would add depth to a defensive front that badly needs it. Yes, the Dolphins re-signed Andre Branch Wednesday, but they need at least one more veteran end, as well as a young one high in the draft.

Sheard, who began his career in Cleveland before joining New England in 2015, has 36 career sacks, which if he signs would be third-most behind Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh on Miami’s roster.

The Dolphins’ training facility is just six miles from Sheard’s alma mater.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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