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Report: Miami Dolphins signing former Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson

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Former first rounder finds friendly finances.

The Miami Dolphins, rumored to have big interest in Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson, are “expected to sign” Lawson in free agency, per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. Lawson, who had 6.5 sacks last season with the Buffalo Bills, will now play for their division rival.

Per Rapoport, the Dolphins are paying Lawson a three year deal worth up to $30 million. It’s a major raise for Lawson, who made $3.3 million in the final season of his rookie contract with the Bills.

Lawson is the first Bills free agent to sign with another team this offseason, but he’s not the first move the Dolphins have made. The team also signed offensive guard Ereck Flowers earlier on Monday.

The Bills now need to replace a player who played 47 percent of snaps as a key rotational edge rusher during the 2020 season, as the third member of a group that also featured Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy.