MIAMI GARDENS, Fla .– The Miami Dolphins signed former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin to a one-year contract on Friday after a successful team visit.
The Dolphins also signed veteran cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc on Friday and gave up defensive end Nick Coe and long snapper Rex Sunahara in the corresponding moves.
Griffin had his left hand amputated at the age of 4 due to amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition that often made him painful and limited in function. Now he’s joining the Dolphins just before training camp in hopes of making the list.
Signing doesn’t guarantee Griffin will be on the Dolphins’ final roster in 2021, but it does give him the opportunity to use his pass-chasing ability and special-teams keenness to compete for a depth role. Griffin was not introduced by the Seahawks as a restricted free agent last spring, so he became an unrestricted free agent. After visiting several teams this offseason, he found a home in Miami.
Griffin became the first one-handed player to be drafted into the modern era of the NFL when the Seahawks picked him in the fifth round in 2018, reuniting him with his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin.
It turned out to be more than just a draft day wellness story. He was part of the Seahawks’ roster out of training camp in 2018 and 2019 and has been among their top special teams contributors every season. He also showed flashes in late 2019 as a passer when the Seahawks started using him outboard in subsets, reprising the role he excelled in during his college career at the UCF.
Griffin put pressure on Jared Goff which led to a stray pitch and Quandre Diggs’ six-pick in a loss to the Rams in December 2019. He got his first career sacking in the playoff loss Seattle playoffs at Green Bay the following month. He started last season on the Seattle practice squad before appearing in 14 games with 1 sack, 9 tackles and 3 QB hits.
If he’s part of the Dolphins roster, Griffin might have more of an opportunity to rush the passer in various ways into coach Brian Flores’ heavy multiple blitz schedule rather than right next to him as he has. done frequently in Seattle. He would also be much closer to his brother, who signed a three-year, $ 40 million contract with the Jaguars this offseason.
In three seasons with Seattle, Griffin appeared in 46 regular season games, registering 1 sack, 25 tackles and 6 QB hits. His only departure came during his NFL debut in 2018.
The Dolphins players are due to show up for training camp on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this story.