The two AFC clubs swapped linebackers, with Benardrick McKinney heading to Miami and Shaq Lawson on his way to Houston. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there will also be a swap of late-round picks.
McKinney, a second-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2015, has started 80 games for the Texans over six seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2018. He was limited to only four games in 2020 due to a shoulder injury.
Lawson, meanwhile, posted 32 tackles, four sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown last year for Miami. The former Clemson star spent the first four seasons of his career in Buffalo.
In 64 career games, Lawson has 20.5 sacks.
Houston and Miami have a deal: Texans are trading LB Benardrick McKinney to the Dolphins for LB Shaq Lawson, per league sources. The deal also will include a swap of late-round picks, but the focus is the LBs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2021
While today this trade will make some headlines, the next few days will be all about free agency in the NFL.
The two-day “legal tampering” period for free agency begins tomorrow afternoon, with the new league year and official start of free agency arriving on Wednesday.