The Dolphins could fill a needed hole at defensive end by plucking one off New England’s roster, bringing in Jabaal Sheard for a free-agent visit, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.
For his six-year career, Sheard, who is 6-feet-2 and 254 pounds, has 260 tackles, 18 passes defensed, 36 sacks and 11 forced fumbles.
If Sheard, who will turn 28 in May, joins the Dolphins, it would be a homecoming. He played football at Hollywood Hills High, about 15 minutes from Hard Rock Stadium.
Sheard played at Pitt, then was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by Cleveland in 2011.
Sheard played defensive end for the Browns from 2011-12, then moved to linebacker for two seasons. His best season with the Browns was his rookie year, when he had 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Sheard played end for New England the past two years, recording eight sacks in 2015 and five last season. He started eight games last year for the Patriots.
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