Former Riders linebacker Sam Eguavoen signs with Miami Dolphins

Linebacker Sam Eguavoen has signed with the Miami Dolphins, per NFL sources.

Eguavoen worked out for 10 NFL teams in December, including the Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

The 25-year-old Eguavoen had the best year of his three seasons in the CFL during 2018. He made 81 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and scored two defensive touchdowns. Since signing with the Riders in 2016, Eguavoen has 159 tackles, 14 on special teams, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and two touchdowns in 38 games.

After four seasons at Texas Tech University where Eguavoen improved his production each season, the Red Raiders product put up some eye-popping testing numbers at the school’s pro day, running a 4.67 40-yard dash, 4.34 short shuttle, 7.15 three-cone, 38.5-inch vertical and 10-foot, five-inch broad jump at an even six-feet, 227 pounds. Despite those results, Eguavoen went unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft and spent that season out of football.

Eguavoen’s ability to be stout against the run, quick sideline-to-sideline and cover from the linebacker position fits well with the current trends in the NFL, which have seen it become more like the CFL game.

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