The Dolphins went into the offseason looking for help up front and swung a trade for Rams defensive end William Hayes, Los Angeles announced early Friday. Miami will send its upcoming sixth-round pick to Los Angeles and get back a seventh-rounder this year.
Hayes, 31, is under contract for $5.5 million this year and $5 million in 2018. He started 14 games for the Rams last year and had 43 tackles and five sacks.
Over his nine-year career, which began with the Titans in 2008, he has 34.5 sacks. His career high was seven for the Rams in 2012.
The Dolphins already extended Cameron Wake and re-signed Andre Branch this offseason, with Wake getting $7.5 this year and Branch in the first season of a three-year, $27 million deal. They also have Ndamukong Suh under contract for $95.7 million over the next four seasons. That puts Miami on course to exceed last year’s defensive line expense, which accounted for 25.6 percent of the salary cap.
Additionally, the Dolphins hosted defensive end Jabaal Sheard for a free agent visit Thursday. Sheard, 27, had five sacks for New England last season and has 36 in his six-year career. He made $6.8 million last season, and Spotrac placed his market value at $44.1 million over five years. The Hayes acquisition likely nixes Miami’s interest in Sheard.
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