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Needham coming back as he rehabs torn Achilles
The journey for Nik Needham, which started as an undrafted rookie that made the Dolphins’ roster in 2019, will continue in Miami.
The Dolphins agreed to terms with Needham, according to a league source. It’s a one-year contract worth just under $2 million, according to NFL Network.
“Cant Wait To Get Back To Work In Miami!” Needham tweeted shortly after news broke.
Needham, who is rehabbing a torn Achilles that cut his 2022 season short, remains with the team where he has made his mark over four NFL seasons. He has six career interceptions — two each in his first three seasons and one for a touchdown on “Monday Night Football” in New Orleans in 2021 — 192 tackles, three sacks and 25 pass deflections.
Needham, since going undrafted out of Texas-El Paso and making the team in ex-coach Brian Flores’ first season at the helm, has been a valued member of the secondary who can play cornerback in the slot or on the boundary.
His Achilles tear cut his season short in the Oct. 16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings last year.
“Nik Needham is in good spirits and has had no setbacks in his recovery,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel last said of his status through rehab when McDaniel spoke at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 28.
Needham returns to a cornerback unit that added Rams star Jalen Ramsey via trade and returns Xavien Howard, 2022 undrafted rookie Kader Kohou, Keion Crossen, Noah Igbinoghene and Trill Williams.
Miami also made the addition at safety of DeShon Elliott, who can compete with Brandon Jones for reps opposite Jevon Holland.