The Dolphins made a move last year just before the beginning of the 2019 campaign which took the league by storm. Former first round selection Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills were shipped off to Houston with an exchanging of picks included. While debate raged on in league circles determining who won the trade (and based where we are right now I think that is clearer more than ever), Chris Grier made a subtle move which paid far more immediate dividends than anyone expected.
One day after, the team continued to shed unwanted financial obligations by sending Linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for younger and cheaper Vince Biegel and paying $1 million of Alonso’s $6.4 million base salary. No one looked twice, it was considered to be an upgrade for the Saints as they took on Alonso’s larger deal. What ended up transpiring was a happy surprise to say the least.
Vince Biegel immediately showed he was one of the more productive player in a devoid unit. His knack to be around the ball, apply pressure, as well as contribute in special teams carved out a role which will likely continue in 2020. He completed the 2019 season with 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 59 tackles. For the production, the $1.5 million single year deal was an easy decision for the Dolphins.
His role on defense will likely lessen, the additions of Van Noy, Lawson, and Ogbah will push Biegel to a special teams role, but injuries can quickly change that. His fit in the defense was evident and at 27 when the season begins he has room for growth. The coaching staff placed more on his plate throughout the season and that trust will not go away. If Biegel continues to show power in defending the run and versatility as a linebacker, the size of his contract relative to others won’t be a factor in his play time.