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Miami Dolphins sign No. 6 pick Jaylen Waddle

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Miami Dolphins as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle signed a four-year $27.1 million guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins that includes a $17.1 million signing bonus.

Waddle was the second wide receiver drafted in the 2021 draft and reunites with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

The contract includes a team option for a fifth season, as is customary for NFL first-rounders.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the work the scouting staff did on Tagovailoa last year made the Waddle pick a pretty simple decision.

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“In doing that, we saw really all the players at Alabama, and Waddle was somebody who definitely stood out as a receiver, as a returner, just a really good player,” Flores said.

Waddle joins a wide receiver group in Miami that includes free-agent addition Will Fuller and DeVante Parker.

When targeting Waddle in college, Tagovailoa averaged 16.6 yards per completion and had a 74.1 percent completion rate.

Waddle went one pick after LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals) and before Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles).

–Field Level Media