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Dolphins place second-round bid on CB Nik Needham

The Miami Dolphins keep moving ahead of the start of free agency on March 16, as the team placed a second-round bid on restricted free agent cornerback Nik Needham, according to Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.

This tender means any team interested in signing Needham would give the Dolphins a second-round pick if they did. If no team pursues him, he will be on Miami’s books for $3.9 million in 2022.

At 25, Needham has worked his way up the Dolphins’ depth chart, going from an undrafted fringe free agent to a decent nickel cornerback on a defense that has tried to bring in veterans to fill that role. The versatility he has shown helping with security is also a plus.

In 2021, Needham had a career-high 59 tackles, along with five passes defended, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown. He also had a career-lowest passer rating allowed last season, as he finished with a 73.4.

Needham may have leaked his reaction on Twitter ahead of the report’s release.

If the Dolphins can keep Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and Nik Needham together for 2022, Miami once again has talented cornerback room to build a defense around.