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Dolphins agree to terms with defunct league’s best pass rusher and former Browns linebacker

This story has been updated Monday evening with a second Dolphins signing from the defunct AAF, linebacker Tyrone Holmes. Please see below for details on that.

Jayrone Elliott, the best pass rusher from the defunct Alliance of American Football, agreed to terms with the Dolphins on Monday after a visit to team headquarters earlier in the day, according to a league source.

The Dolphins beat out Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore for his services.

Elliott, 6-3 and 255 pounds, had a league-leading 7.5 sacks and numerous pressures in eight games for the San Antonio Commanders, as well as four forced fumbles.

He’s best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker but can also play defensive end.

Elliott signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2014 and made the roster after producing five sacks in preseason. He appeared in 38 games with the Packers over three seasons, all as a reserve, and had 57 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

Elliott earned an NBC game ball during the Packers’ Sept. 2015 win against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Elliott had one interception and forced a fumble that ended the Seahawks’ final drive.

The Packers traded him to the Cowboys on Labor Day weekend in 2017 in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. He appeared in only one game for Dallas before being waived Sept. 19.

He signed with the Saints in January 2018 but was cut shortly before the regular season started, then committed soon after to the AAF, which shuttered operations last week.

The Dolphins are looking to add multiple edge rushers over the next three months.

And they’re also open to adding multiple players from the AAF. They’re hosting offensive tackle Michael Dunn on a visit this week, and Dunn is hopeful a deal will be struck.

Other AAF players also hope to get a call from Miami, including former Arizona cornerback Shaq Richardson, who was Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 rated cornerback in the league.


The Dolphins have been telling people that they’re signing four San Antonio players.

Besides Elliott, they also agreed to terms on Monday evening with outside linebacker Tyrone Holmes, who had 4.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits in nine AAF games, including preseason.

Holmes appeared in 15 games for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and 2017 and had nine tackles.

Holmes, 6-2 and 253 pounds, was a sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 but was cut shortly before the season and signed with Cleveland, where he stuck for two years.

He spent time with the Chiefs’ and Chargers’ practice squads in 2018, and joined the AAF at the start of this season.

Holmes was FCS Defensive Player of the Year at Montana in 2015, when he had 18 sacks, 87 tackles and 24 tackles for loss. He had 34.5 sacks in four years at Montana.

The Dolphins also have been talking to a running back, receiver and defensive back from the San Antonio team.


The Dolphins, according to ESPN, are among multiple teams that have shown interest in veteran punter Marquette King, who has averaged 46.7 yards per punt in parts of six NFL seasons, including four games with the Broncos last season.

Matt Haack, the Dolphins’ incumbent punter, has averaged 44.6 yards per punt in his two seasons with Miami.

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