Dolphins strike deal with former first team All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer

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The Dolphins added their second former Pro Bowl player on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer.

Poyer, who turns 33 in April, was a first-team All Pro in 2021 and a Pro Bowler in 2022. He joins former Tampa Bay two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaq Barrett as Dolphins additions on Day 2 of free agency.

Poyer, whose family lives in South Florida, had interest in the Dolphins last offseason before agreeing to a two-year deal last March with the Bills, a contract he never completed after Buffalo starting trimming veterans over the past two weeks.

A former 2013 seventh round pick of Oregon State, Poyer lasted less than half of his rookie season with the Eagles before being released. He then played much of four seasons with Cleveland, before signing a four-year, $13 million contract with Buffalo.

After making 10 starts in his time with the Browns, he blossomed with the Bills, starting the past seven seasons (107 games) and intercepting 22 passes (including three against the Dolphins) and defending 48 over that time. With Buffalo, he also had eight forced fumbles, 11 sacks and 35 tackles for loss.

Last season, Poyer had 100 tackles, no interceptions and a forced fumble in 16 games for Buffalo, all starts.

Pro Football Focus rated him 46th among 95 qualifying safeties last season; Dolphins starter Jevon Holland was rated third and former Dolphins starter DeShon Elliott was ranked 36th.

Poyer had a 102.9 passer rating in his coverage area last season; 33 of the 45 targets in his coverage area were caught for 349 yards, per PFF. He permitted one touchdown.

The Bills released him last week.

Poyer is expected to replace Elliott as the starter alongside Holland.

Elliott remains a free agent. Safety Elijah Campbell and safety/cornerback Nik Needham also remain under contract. Brandon Jones left the Dolphins to join the Denver Broncos on Monday, agreeing to a three-year deal worth as much as $22.5 million.