Aikens, who plays safety and works on multiple special teams units, has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with Miami, per multiple media reports. He has appeared in 62 of a possible 64 games for the Dolphins since being drafted in the fourth round in 2014.
He might be the last member of that ’14 draft class still with the team by the time the upcoming season starts.
Here’s a look at what’s transpired with the eight players Miami took that year:
First round, No. 19, RT Ja’Wuan James: The Dolphins exercised a $9.3 million team option on him for the upcoming season, but are weighing the possibility of rescinding it and making him an unrestricted free agent.
Second round, No. 63, WR Jarvis Landry: He totaled 400 catches, 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in four seasons before the Dolphins traded him to Cleveland last week in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick and 2019 seventh-rounder.
Third round, No. 67, OT Billy Turner: Turner played 20 games for the Dolphins before coach Adam Gase cut him during the 2016 season.
Fourth round, No. 125, DB Walt Aikens: He continues to be one of their best special teams players and will be signed through 2019.
Fifth round, No. 155, TE Arthur Lynch: Lynch has never played in an NFL game. He was last seen on an NFL roster in August 2016.
Fifth round, No. 171, LB Jordan Tripp: Miami cut Tripp a year later and he has bounced around the league. He was with the Falcons last season.
Sixth round, No. 190, WR Matt Hazel: Hazel played five games before the Dolphins let him go in 2016. He spent last season with the Browns and Colts, including some practice squad time.
Seventh round, No. 234, DE Terrence Fede: He has one sack in 51 games and became an unrestricted free agent this year. It is unclear whether the Dolphins intend to re-sign him.
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