The deal apparently includes $10 million in guarantees, which makes it pretty clear how the Dolphins feel about McDonald. The 26-year-old will miss the first eight games of 2017 with a suspension, but will likely replace Nate Allen as starting safety when he returns, if this contract is any indication.
When McDonald signed with Miami this past March he was looked at as an insurance policy for when he returns in November from his suspension. He has however impressed the Dolphins with his play and the team believes they received a talented player at a cheap price because of the suspension and want to lock him up long term. McDonald could challenge Nate Allen for the starting free safety job when he returns to play.
This is an interesting signing for the Dolphins considering McDonald is suspended for the first eight games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The 26-year-old recorded 64 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack last season with the Rams. He figures to serve as a reserve safety and possible special-teams contributor once he returns from his suspension in early November.
McDonald has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season, NFL.com reports.
Per the report, McDonald's suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse stems from an arrest in May of 2016 which led to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. The safety, who is a free agent, played for the Rams this past season, recording 64 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
McDonald was reported to be day-to-day with his wrist injury after last week's game against the Seahawks, but he appears to be over the issue now and shouldn't be held out, barring setbacks.
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