Mario Williams, the former No. 1 pick in the draft, is moving to Miami.
Williams and the Dolphins have agreed on two-year contract agreement – a blockbuster move intended to improve their own team at the expense of an AFC East foe.
Williams was expected to sign a contract that will pay in the neighborhood of $8 million a year, NFL Network first reported.
That’s less than the $12.7 million that they had committed to Olivier Vernon in the transition tag – a one-year tender that he’ll likely never play under.
A league source expects Vernon to sign a long-term deal with another team in the coming days, and the Dolphins will be hard-pressed to match, given their many needs. It’s possible they even rescind the tender before the league year begins Wednesday afternoon.
Williams has 96 career sacks in 10 seasons, and is just two years removed from an All-Pro campaign. He never meshed with new Bills coach Rex Ryan last fall, and was a salary-cap casualty earlier this offseason.
The Dolphins are also expected to finalize a trade with the Eagles that brings linebacker Kiko Alonso and corner Byron Maxwell to Miami.
McKelvin joins Schwartz, Eagles
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
McKelvin, 30, was released last week by the Bills. The former first-round pick spent eight seasons in Buffalo. Schwartz was defensive coordinator of the Bills in 2014 and enters his first season in that role with the Eagles in 2016.
McKelvin was the 11th overall pick in 2008 and served as a kick returner with the Bills because of his speed.
Staying healthy hasn’t been a given for McKelvin, who ended 2014 with a fractured ankle and played in only nine games in 2015.
McKelvin is a candidate to replace Byron Maxwell. The Eagles agreed to a deal with the Dolphins that would send Maxwell to Miami one year after he signed a $63 million deal in free agency.
Cornerback acquisitions have not been a strength of the Eagles historically.
Recent failures beyond Maxwell, who had one of the worst marks in coverage for passer-rating against in 2015, include Cary Williams and Nnamdi Asomugha, who were free-agent busts.
Ageless Vinatieri back with Colts
Adam Vinatieri’s NFL career is alive and kicking after 20 seasons.
Vinatieri, 43, signed a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday a day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
“We are thrilled to retain Adam as a member of the Colts family,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out and his hard work, consistency and professionalism are a credit to him being the longest tenured active player in the NFL.
Vinatieri has connected on 503 of 598 field goal attempts (84.1 percent), made 742 of 755 PATs and scored one two-point conversion for 2,253 career points. Vinatieri is one of only three kickers all-time with 500 career field goals made, joining Morten Andersen (565) and Gary Anderson (538). He ranks sixth all-time in career regular season games played. Vinatieri ranks third in league history in total points and is the NFL’s active leader.
Chiefs, Hali agree on three-year deal
Veteran linebacker Tamba Hali and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a three-year contract, according to published reports on Tuesday.
Hali, 32, has spent all 10 seasons of his career in Kansas City and the new deal could allow him to spend his entire career with the Chiefs.
Hali had 6.5 sacks last season while being named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time. He has 86 career sacks.
Hali has dealt with knee issues the past two seasons and rarely practiced in an attempt to keep him healthy. He also played with a cast on his right hand late last season to protect a broken thumb.
Pierre-Paul to stay with Giants
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is remaining with the New York Giants and has agreed to a one-year deal with the team.
ESPN reported the contract could be worth $10.5 million.
Pierre-Paul turned down overtures from the Arizona Cardinals to remain with the Giants.
Pierre-Paul, 27, played in just eight games in 2015 after a July 4 fireworks incident badly damaged his right hand. Pierre-Paul lost his right index finger and suffered serious injuries to other fingers, including his thumb.