On Monday afternoon, Ian Rapoport announced the Miami Dolphins are expected to sign former Buffalo Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson.
Lawson, 25, signed the deal for three-years, $30 million with $21 million in fully guaranteed money at signing and up to $36 million with potential incentives and bonuses.
Coming off a career-high 6.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season, Lawson joins a Miami Dolphins squad who ranked last in the NFL last season in Opponents Offensive TD (54), Opponents QBR (62), Sacks (23), and Pressures (122).
Lawson joins Dolphins’ defensive line coach Marion Hobby, who he played for when he was at Clemson.
With 16.5 career sacks, Shaq Lawson holds the most sacks on Miami’s roster. Although Lawson was a backup in Buffalo, he is expected to start with the Dolphins.
Dolphins DT Christian Wilkins expressed his joy Lawson’s signing on Instagram, saying, “Let’s get it!” Wilkins and Lawson were once teammates at Clemson, both under Marion Hobby who served as the Co-Defensive Coordinator.
At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Lawson’s length, heavy hands, positional versatility, edge setting, and ability to be a very good scheme fit will be a huge factor for Miami’s potential outbreak in 2020.