Former CFL linebacker Nate Holley signs with Miami Dolphins

Former CFL linebacker Nate Holley has signed with the Miami Dolphins.

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero first reported the news.

Holley was in Florida on Friday for a workout with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. His coronavirus tests on Thursday and again Friday returned negative results, which allowed the fins to bring him into the facility.

The 25-year-old Holley played in all 18 games last year where he notched 78 defensive tackles, 22 special team tackles, one sack and one interception. For his efforts, Holley was named the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2019.

The CFL Players’ Association filed a grievance with the league in February over Holley’s lack of ability to pursue NFL interest. After the 2020 season was cancelled in Canada, the Stamps finally allowed Holley to seek employment south of the border.

During four seasons at Kent State University, Holley played in 43 games recording 424 tackles, defended seven passes, notched three sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered two more and grabbed one interception. The six-foot, 210-pound tackler was named first-team all-Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2014 and 2015.

After going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft, Holley signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, but did not make the final roster. In June of 2018, he inked a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, although Holley was waived at the end of training camp.

Holley’s next NFL shot comes in South Beach.