Posted: 4:19 pm Thursday, July 29th, 2010
By Post Staff
For the third straight year under Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland, the Dolphins won’t have any contract drama with their first-round draft pick.
The Dolphins and defensive end Jared Odrick, the 28th overall pick in April’s draft, agreed to a contract Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the Dolphins kick off their 2010 training camp.
A league source confirms that Odrick signed a five-year deal worth $13 million overall and $7.133 million guaranteed, right in line with his slotting — the Patriots gave $13.2 million ($7.8 guaranteed) to Devin McCourty, drafted one spot ahead of Odrick.
Odrick joins fellow Parcells first-rounders Jake Long and Vontae Davis in signing their contracts before the start of camp. The Dolphins have just one 2010 draft pick remaining to sign, outside linebacker Koa Misi, and the sides are close, according to a source.
Both Odrick and the Dolphins need him in camp right away. The Fins are looking for answers on the defensive line following the season-ending injury to Phillip Merling and sudden retirement of nose tackle Jason Ferguson. The Dolphins have signed three journeymen veterans in the past week — Marques Douglas, Montavious Stanley and Charles Grant — but really need Odrick to step up and claim a starting defensive end spot opposite Kendall Langford.
Odrick, from Lebanon County, Penn., started all 13 games at left defensive tackle last season for Penn State, recording a career-best 43 tackles (17 solos) with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He was named a First-Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.
The Dolphins’ first practice of the season is Friday at 2 p.m. and will be open to the public.