Dolphins agree to four-year extension with suspended safety T.J. McDonald

Safety T.J. McDonald agreed to an extension with the Miami Dolphins. He will miss the first eight games of the season due to a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.  (AP)

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms on an extension with safety T.J. McDonald, a league source tells Yahoo Sports.

McDonald, 26, got a four-year, $24 million extension, with $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s James Walker.

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The Dolphins rewarded the talented safety with a one-year deal in the spring, even though McDonald will serve an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. When he returns to the field, McDonald will pair next to safety Reshad Jones, whom the team rewarded with a five-year contract extension in March. Both are athletic, ball-hawks who can cover and tackle.

During his first four years in the league, all with the Rams, McDonald – a former third-round draft choice out of USC – accumulated 285 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

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