The Miami Dolphins have officially announced that they’ve used their transition tag on DE Olivier Vernon.
We have placed the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon. pic.twitter.com/QiFeAWSJK9
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 1, 2016
This marks the second straight year the Dolphins have used this tag on a player.
The transition tag will run the Dolphins $12.734 million for the 2016 and gives them the ability to match any offer Vernon signs on the open market.
Last year, TE Charles Clay received Miami’s transition tag, but later signed a sizable contract with the Bills.
Vernon, 25, played out the final year of his four-year, $2,818,080 rookie contract and is one of the best available defensive ends in a relatively limited pool of pass rushers.
In 2015, Vernon appeared in 15 games and recorded 55 tackles and seven sacks for the Dolphins. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 51 qualifying players.
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