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Dolphins sign No. 6 pick Jaylen Waddle

Field Level Media
15 May 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

Sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle signed a four-year $27.1 million guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins that includes a $17.1 million signing bonus.

Waddle was the second wide receiver drafted in the 2021 draft and reunites with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

The contract includes a team option for a fifth season, as is customary for NFL first-rounders.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the work the scouting staff did on Tagovailoa last year made the Waddle pick a pretty simple decision.

"In doing that, we saw really all the players at Alabama, and Waddle was somebody who definitely stood out as a receiver, as a returner, just a really good player," Flores said.

Waddle joins a wide receiver group in Miami that includes free-agent addition Will Fuller and DeVante Parker.

When targeting Waddle in college, Tagovailoa averaged 16.6 yards per completion and had a 74.1 percent completion rate.

Waddle went one pick after LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals) and before Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles).

--Field Level Media

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