Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears defensive lineman John Jenkins (90) celebrates a tackle in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins sign veteran DT John Jenkins

The Miami Dolphins on Friday announced the signing of veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins. Terms were not disclosed.

Jenkins, 31, has played in 93 NFL games (28 starts) with five teams, including 16 games (five starts) with Miami in 2019.

He appeared in 11 games with the Chicago Bears in 2020 and made 21 tackles.

Originally a third-round pick by New Orleans in 2013, Jenkins has 176 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery with the Saints (2013-16), Seattle Seahawks (2016), Bears (2017, 2020), New York Giants (2018) and Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura (68) stands in the bench area during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins signing ex-Ravens C Matt Skura to 1-year deal

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a one-year deal with former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura, agent David Canter confirmed Thursday on social media.

Skura, 28, will replace Ted Karras, who returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year deal Wednesday after starting all 16 games at center for the Dolphins in 2020.

Terms of the deal with Miami were not immediately available.

Undrafted out of Duke in 2016, Skura played in 54 games with 51 starts with the Ravens from 2017-20.

Baltimore benched Skura last November after a string of bad snaps, with Patrick Mekari taking over as the starter.

Skura said his wife received harassing comments on social media after his play in a 23-17 loss to the Patriots on Nov. 15.

“Please know my family is off limits when it comes to hateful and threatening messages,” Skura wrote on Instagram. “They do not deserve to be scrutinized for something they did not do.”

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Jan 9, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) warms up prior to a AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins agree to one-year deal with QB Jacoby Brissett

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Brissett will be brought in as a backup to starter Tua Tagovailoa.

Brissett, 28, began his career in New England before being traded to Indianapolis in 2017, when he made 15 starts in place of an injured Andrew Luck, throwing for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading the Colts to a 4-11 record.

After serving as a backup in 2018, he started 15 games for the Colts in 2019, throwing for 2,942 yards and 18 touchdowns while compiling a 7-8 record.

The Dolphins pulled Tagovailoa for ineffectiveness several times during the 2020 season in favor of veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Washington Football Team on Monday.

Adding Brissett gives the Dolphins an experienced starter behind Tagovailoa, who made nine starts for Miami in 2020, throwing for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Shaq Lawson (90) lies on the ground after a play against the New England Patriots during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans send LB to Dolphins for Shaq Lawson

The Houston Texans agreed to send Benardrick McKinney to the Miami Dolphins for Shaq Lawson in a swap of defensive players, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

The Dolphins will send their 2021 sixth-round pick to Houston in exchange for the Texans’ 2021 seventh-round pick, ESPN reported.

McKinney, a 28-year-old linebacker, played just four games last season due to injuries and finished with 37 tackles. His five-year, $50 million deal runs through 2023. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016.

Lawson, 26, had 32 tackles — four for loss — in 14 games (seven starts) last season, his first in Miami. Lawson has two years remaining on a three-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Dolphins last March.

He could line up at both outside linebacker and defensive end in defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s scheme with the Texans.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) warms up prior to the game Buffalo Bills from the hold of punter Matt Haack (2)  at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins sign K Jason Sanders through 2026

The Miami Dolphins have rewarded kicker Jason Sanders for an All-Pro season by signing him through 2026.

The deal is a five-year extension worth $22 million, with $10 million guaranteed, multiple media outlets reported.

Sanders, 25, was a seventh-round pick by the Dolphins in 2018 and has made 77 of 89 career field goal attempts (86.5 percent).

Last season, he hit 36 of 39 tries (92.3 percent) and all 36 of his extra point attempts. He finished in a three-way tie for most points scored last season (144), also matching the franchise record.

Sanders also led the league with 20 made field goals from 40-plus yards and had two game-winning kicks in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2021

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to continue his career next season.

The 38-year-old Fitzpatrick will be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in eight games in 2020, starting seven and throwing for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Dolphins replaced Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa as the starter during the season. The veteran is open to returning to Miami or heading elsewhere.

“For me personally, I have to take every offseason now and just reassess. I know these last two years have really re-lit that fire under me,” Fitzpatrick said during an interview with the Pat McAfee Show. ” I still want to play. I enjoy being out there playing. Things are a little more complicated for me now with my oldest going into high school and six little ones trailing behind him. So, there’s a lot of thought that has to go into this thing, but I still love playing the game.”

In 165 career games (146 starts), Fitzpatrick has passed for 34,977 yards, 223 touchdowns and 169 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick acknowledged that it was tough to lose his starting job, but he offered praise for Tagovailoa.

“Tua was the guy that was willing — I think that’s the first thing, guys have to be willing to ask questions and willing to learn and he did a good job with all that,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s hard to play quarterback in this league, especially as a rookie, and he came in and did a great job. … It was a great year of experience for him, and I look forward to big things in the future for him.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey (R) during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins parting ways with OC Gailey

The Miami Dolphins are parting ways with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, ESPN reported on Monday.

That would make the 2020 season Gailey’s only year running the Dolphins’ offense. The move comes one day after the Dolphins (9-7) missed the playoffs after being blown out 56-26 by the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins ranked 15th in scoring offense at 25.3 points and 22nd in total offense at 339 yards per game.

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was the starter for the first seven games of the season before rookie Tua Tagovailoa replaced him.

Tagovailoa passed for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Three of the picks came in the loss against the Bills.

Fitzpatrick came off the bench to rally the Dolphins to a 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16. But he was unavailable for the finale after testing positive for COVID-19.

Fitzpatrick passed for 2,091 yards and 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions. The 38-year-old completed a career-high 68.5 percent of his passes.

Second-year Dolphins coach Brian Flores also fired his offensive coordinator (Chad O’Shea) after his first season.

The 68-year-old Gailey has been head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1998-99) and Buffalo Bills (2010-12). One of his college head-coaching gigs was at Georgia Tech (2002-07).

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills stomp Dolphins, who may miss playoffs

Miami native Isaiah McKenzie scored three second-quarter touchdowns to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 56-26 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Buffalo (13-3) clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC, giving the Bills home field for their first two games, if they advance.

Miami (10-6) will only make the playoffs if the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars later on Sunday.

McKenzie caught touchdown passes of 7 and 14 yards from Josh Allen. McKenzie also returned a punt 84 yards for his third score and finished the game with 181 all-purpose yards.

Allen set the Bills single-season, passing-yardage record in the second quarter, beating Drew Bledsoe’s 2002 mark of 4,359 yards. Allen played just one half, completing 18 of 25 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns to complete the regular season with 4,544 yards.

Allen was sacked once and intercepted once before Matt Barkley replaced him.

Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 35 of 58 passes for 361 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard recorded his 10th interception, which leads the NFL.

Buffalo returned to its lineup receiver John Brown, who missed five games (injury/COVID-19) and he caught four passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. But receiver Cole Beasely (knee) was out and the Bills rested three defensive starters: cornerback Tre’Davious White and defensive ends Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes.

The Dolphins got back receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring), and he had seven catches for 116 yards. But linebacker Elandon Roberts (knee), receiver Jakeem Grant (ankle) and key backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (COVID) were out.

Miami, on its first possession, gained a 3-0 advantage on Jason Sanders’ 49-yard field goal. Miami had a short field after Byron Jones’ interception.

However, Buffalo dominated the second quarter as Allen threw the two TD passes to McKenzie and then a 32-yarder to Brown, giving the Bills a 28-6 halftime lead.

Miami cut its deficit to 28-13 by taking the second-half kickoff and driving 75 yards for a score. Miami appeared stopped on a fourth-down incompletion in the end zone. But after interference was called on Josh Norman, Myles Gaskin ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Norman got his revenge on Miami’s next drive, intercepting a Tagovailoa pass and running 16 yards for his third career pick-six. Prior to the pick and in the allowable first five yards, Norman bumped Parker, who fell, and no penalty was called.

The Bills cruised from there.

–Field Level Media