Miami Dolphins, linebacker Zach Brown plan free agent visit

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi runs over Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Miami Dolphins are planning to visit with free agent linebacker Zach Brown, according to a source.

Brown, 6-feet-1, 244 pounds, had 149 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for the Buffalo Bills last season.

If the Dolphins were to add Brown, they would have dramatically improved their linebackers unit. Miami’s biggest free-agency splash to date has been the addition of middle linebacker Lawrence Timmons of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown, 27, was originally a second-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2012. Brown played at North Carolina.

According to a scouting report by Pro Football Focus, Brown is effective in space but can struggle to shed blockers. According to PFF, Brown has quickness and athleticism to cover tight ends and running backs.

Miami has placed an emphasis on instincts and speed at the linebacker position. Though Kiko Alonso flourished at middle linebacker last season, placing Alonso and Zach Brown on the outside of the defense would have a positive impact.

Brown’s cap hit in Buffalo in 2016 was $1.25 million.

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