NFL rumors: Elandon Roberts is latest Patriots LB to join Dolphins in free agency

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

Elandon Roberts is the latest New England Patriots player taking his talents to South Beach.

ESPN's Cameron Wolfe was the first to report Wednesday that Roberts has agreed to a contract with the Miami Dolphins. Roberts confirmed the news in his Instagram story.

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Roberts is the third Patriots player to reach a contract agreement with the Dolphins since the legal tampering period of NFL free agnecy began Monday, joining linebacker Kyle Van Noy (four years, $51 million) and center Ted Karras (one year, $4 million). The Patriots have now lost three linebackers (Roberts, Van Noy and Jamie Collins) in free agency so far, per reports.

Roberts was a sixth-round pick (214th overall) of the Patriots in 2016. He tallied 29 total tackles, one sack and one pass defensed last season. The 25-year-old linebacker also was a valuable member of New England's special teams and even played fullback on offense after James Develin's injury. Roberts was a voted a team captain by his teammates before the 2019 campaign, which shows the kind of leadership skills he can bring the Dolphins.

He also caught the second-to-last touchdown pass of Tom Brady's Patriots career, which came against the Dolphins in Week 17.

Roberts will reunite with former Patriots defensive coach Brian Flores, who just completed his first season as Miami's head coach. 

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