Marcel Louis Jacquesespn2 min read
MIAMI — Veteran defensive tackle Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, a source told ESPN, in the wake of a season-ending Achilles injury to quarterback Jaylan Phillips.
South Florida native Pierre-Paul, who signed with the New Orleans Saints on November 16, confirmed he will join the Dolphins along with He posted on his Instagram account Monday night.
“I would like to thank the New Orleans Saints and the organization for giving me the opportunity to play for them,” he wrote. “I can’t even lie, it was a tough decision, to all the people in the locker room. I appreciate you all accepting me as a teammate, and to all the coaches who appreciate you guys for believing in me.
“I’m coming home.”
Pierre-Paul was a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2010 and recorded 94.5 career sacks in 14 NFL seasons.
Phillips suffered a torn Achilles tendon during last week’s 34-13 win over the New York Jets. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said afterward that the team is confident its depth players can fill the void left by Phillips, including linebackers Bradley Chubb, Andrew Van Ginkel and David Long Jr.
However, he said no player is expected to replace Phillips, who is tied for the team lead with 6.5 sacks.
“You’re not necessarily replacing Jaylan Phillips. But you can have guys who are absolutely capable of stepping up and producing his production in different ways,” McDaniel said Saturday. “We’re fortunate enough to have some depth…You don’t necessarily replace him, but it gives different guys opportunities and you kind of spread that out to do your best to make up for that loss of production.”
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