After being released by Cardinals, Dolphins sign former Ole Miss standout Robert Nkemdiche
Former Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche has found a new NFL home.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins are signing Nkemdiche to a one-year contract. The Cardinals released the lineman on July 28.
Former Ole Miss teammate Laremy Tunsil was a big advocate in the Dolphins signing of Nkemdiche, according the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Nkemdiche showed up to Cardinals camp out of shape after rehabbing his December knee injury.
“That’s where we’ll leave it. I mean, he’s on (the Physically Unable to Perform list) and he’s working through that. When he is cleared, we’ll work with him,” Kingsbury said upon Nkemdiche showing up to camp out of shape.
It didn’t take long before the Cardinals released him. Nkemdiche would have been owed $400,000 bonus had he been with the franchise one more day.
Nkemdiche was the former No. 1 overall ranked high school player, and the first-round pick played 27 games in three seasons in Arizona. He has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he was arrested twice this off-season.
The Cardinals selected Nkemdiche No. 29 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The biggest question is does Nkemdiche really care about football? The physical tools have always been there, but the intangibles have always been lacking.
A fresh start in Miami could go a long way in helping the former Ole Miss standout realize his potential.