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Former Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker heads to Seahawks as free agent

The Miami Dolphins were involved in a trade of linebackers.

Well, not technically, but the Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks were involved in an essential swap of players at the position this week.

Former Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker went to the Seahawks, according to an ESPN report Saturday evening. Seattle is the same team that Miami free agent signing Jordyn Brooks came from.

Baker will play for a professional team other than the Dolphins for the first time in his career after spending the past six seasons in Miami.

The Dolphins released him March 5 for salary cap savings. They moved quickly to address the void in free agency, agreeing to terms with linebackers Brooks and Anthony Walker Jr. on Monday, the first day free agent contact and negotiations could take place per league rules.

Baker had 78 tackles, 1 ½ sacks, two interceptions and one returned for a touchdown in 13 games, 12 starts in 2023 for the Dolphins.

The 2018 third-round pick out of Ohio State collected 587 tackles, 22 ½ sacks, six forced fumbles, five interceptions, two touchdowns and 21 passes defensed in 94 games for the Dolphins.

Baker, although rarely injured in his years with Miami, is coming off missing time late last season with a knee injury and then hurting his wrist in his return for the regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills, costing him the playoff game in what turned out to be his final season with the Dolphins.

Along with Baker, cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Keion Crossen and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah were players released this offseason for cap relief.

The Miami defense also had defensive tackle Christian Wilkins go to the Las Vegas Raiders, outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel to the Minnesota Vikings, safety DeShon Elliott to the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Brandon Jones to the Denver Broncos and nose tackle Raekwon Davis to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency. The Dolphins have filled most of their holes with signings of their own for a revamped defense under new coordinator Anthony Weaver.

The Dolphins are scheduled for a road game in Seattle in 2024.