It would seem that the Miami Dolphins are focused on making their defensive secondary better.
After the team drafted versatile Alabama All-American defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick in the first round of this year’s draft, the club announced Friday that it had signed cornerback Bobby McCain to a four-year contract extension.
The Dolphins did not disclose the official terms of McCain’s new deal, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the deal will pay $27 million with $13 guaranteed – making McCain the highest paid “nickel corner” in the league.
The 24-year-old McCain just finished his third season with Miami, appearing in all 16 games – starting seven – and totaling 45 tackles, 7 passes defensed and 2 interceptions; all career highs.
Locking up the 2015 fifth-round pick seemed like a natural progression given how highly Dolphins head coach Adam Gase spoke of McCain earlier this offseason.
“I don’t know why everybody always wants to replace Bobby, but all he does is just consistently play probably better than everybody else,” Gase told reporters back in April. “He’s one of our guys that’s probably one of our top leaders that we have in our locker room. He’s a guy that we’ve counted on for two years and he just keeps getting better.”