The Miami Dolphins are inching closer to having every member of the team’s 11-player draft class signed as training camp’s start approaches.
On Monday, the Dolphins agreed to terms with rookie cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, the team’s last of three first-round picks in April’s NFL draft, according to his agent Malki Kawa.
Igbinoghene’s impending signing leaves only one draft pick — offensive lineman Robert Hunt — unsigned with rookies set to report to the team’s Davie facility on Thursday. Training camp is scheduled to open on July 28, but the NFL and the NFLPA must first agree to all the parameters involving coronavirus testing and protocol for treatment and confinement. The two sides have yet to agree to how many preseason games will be played.
Igbinoghene, and many of the Dolphins’ 2020 draft class, have been in South Florida for weeks training locally. But only quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been at the team’s facility out of that group because he’s rehabbing his surgically repaired hip. Only players rehabbing and receiving medical treatment can be at NFL facilities.
Igbinoghene, the Auburn standout the Dolphins used the 30th pick to select, will likely receive a four-year deal that pays him $11,254,202, and gives him a signing bonus worth roughly $5.7 million.
Hunt, the Louisiana-Lafayette right guard/tackle taken with the 39th pick in the second round, is slated to earn $8,065,742 over the first four years of his deal with a signing bonus worth $3.4 million.
Igbinoghene will likely compete for playing time as Miami’s third, fourth, or nickel cornerback because Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are viewed as the starters on the boundary. Both are established veterans who are among the NFL’s highest-paid players at their positions. Jones was signed as a free agent this offseason, and Howard is rehabbing a season-ending knee injury he had surgically repaired in November.
Igbinoghene is clearly a talent, a player the Dolphins coveted in the draft because they used one of their first-round picks to address a position where Miami had some roster depth instead of using it to fill other needs.
Hunt is expected to compete for a starting spot at right guard or right tackle when practices open up.
Igbinoghene, Hunt and fellow offensive lineman Austin Jackson, the team’s second first-round pick, are viewed as the 2020 draftees expected to contend for starting spots immediately.
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