Saturday, March 17, 2012
Jared Odrick's time to shine in Miami
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins lost a solid player Saturday in starting defensive end Kendall Langford. He agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract with the St. Louis Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Langford was a four-year starter in Miami and one of the team's best run stoppers. But the $6 million per year price tag was too much for the Dolphins. Miami just paid Pro Bowl defensive tackle Paul Soliai $6 million per season, which comparatively looks like a bargain.
In addition, the Dolphins already have Langford's replacement ready. It is now Jared Odrick’s time to shine in Miami. Langford's exit propels Odrick, a 2010 first-round pick, from a part-time starter to a full-time starter. Odrick has eight starts the past two seasons.
Odrick has done a good job of steadily improving. He recorded 22 tackles, a career-high six sacks and one interception last year. He's only 24 and showed a good mix of pass-rushing moves and holding the point of attack against the run.
Odrick's ceiling appears high entering his third season. Now, he will get the playing time to prove it under new Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.