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Rumor: Miami Dolphins interested in Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson

Could Shaq sign with a division rival?

Within the first hour of the NFL’s legal tampering window opening, Buffalo Bills free-agent defensive end Shaq Lawson has been linked to an AFC East foe.

Jeremy Fowler is reporting that the Miami Dolphins are strongly interested in Lawson. The Bills didn’t pick up Lawson’s fifth-year option, allowing the former first-round pick to hit the open market.

After being challenged by Bills brass, Lawson had his best year in 2019, collecting 6.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. Lawson also led the team with 18 quarterback hits.

Shaq was Buffalo’s most impactful defensive end on a per-snap basis, as he not only played less than half of the team’s defensive snaps (47%, to be exact), but he also did not start a game. Lawson instead served as the rotational end behind starters Trent Murphy and Jerry Hughes.

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