Former Bills safety Jordan Poyer agrees to join Dolphins, flipping AFC East rivals

A year later, Jordan Poyer is indeed coming to the Miami Dolphins.

The former Buffalo Bills All-Pro safety agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Tuesday night, according to multiple league sources, flipping division rivals in the AFC East after spending the past seven seasons in Buffalo.

Poyer, who has family in South Florida, flirted with the idea of joining Miami last offseason before rejoining the Bills. Last week, Buffalo had Poyer among a series of veterans released for salary cap relief, freeing him up to sign with any team.

Poyer, who turns 33 on April 25, provides another veteran presence to a defense that is being remodeled in 2024 after the Dolphins’ release of cornerback Xavien Howard and linebacker Jerome Baker and the losses of defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (Las Vegas Raiders), outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (Minnesota Vikings) in free agency, and defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (Indianapolis Colts).

Specifically at safety, Miami is losing Brandon Jones to the Denver Broncos in free agency and had DeShon Elliott as a free agent. Poyer can immediately be slotted in as the starter next to Jevon Holland for a secondary that still needs to add a starting-caliber cornerback opposite star Jalen Ramsey.

Despite his age, Poyer still has shown he has plenty left in the tank. He played 16 games for the Bills last season, with 100 tackles and four pass deflections and a forced fumble. In 2022, he had 63 tackles, four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 12 games as he earned Pro Bowl honors. The 2021 season saw Poyer named a first-team All-Pro safety with five interceptions and 93 tackles.

He and Micah Hyde have formed a vaunted safety tandem for Buffalo in recent years as the Bills have dominated the rivalry with the Dolphins.

Poyer’s career took off when he went to the Bills in 2017. Before that, he was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 who spent most of that rookie season and the next three years with the Cleveland Browns.

Poyer is married to model and social media influencer Rachel Bush, a Florida Atlantic University alum.

Tuesday night, Bush posted on X, “FINS UP WE ARE HOME !!”

Earlier Tuesday, Miami picked up edge rusher Shaquil Barrett, another 30-plus-year-old veteran who can help a new-look defense compete in 2024. On Monday, the Dolphins agreed to sign linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Anthony Walker Jr.