Scarlett joined the Dolphins last offseason and ended up getting into 13 games (four starts). He finished the season with 19 tackles, and while he got some run on defense, his main impact came on special teams (77 percent of Miami’s ST snaps). A knee injury forced him to miss all of December’s games.
The linebacker spent the first five seasons of his career with the Texans, starting 22 games. His best season came in 2019 when he finished with 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
November 25th, 2021 at 6:38pm CST by Zachary Links
Jamal Perry‘s knee injury will be a season-ender, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets. Unfortunately, this was the expected news after Perry was carted off the field last week against the Jets.
Perry, 27, jockeyed between the Dolphins’ practice squad and active roster throughout the year. His season will end after four tackles in four appearances with the bulk of his time coming on special teams. Perry has seen more significant action in the past, however, including 2019 season when he made six starts. The Dolphins have replenished their defensive back depth by signing safety Will Parks off of the 49ers’ practice squad, but they may look to add a corner in the coming days.
Meanwhile, linebacker Brennan Scarlett‘s knee injury isn’t quite as serious, according to Jackson. He also placed on injured reserve following Sunday’s game, but he could return in as little as three weeks.
The Dolphins are riding a three-game winning streak heading into this week’s game against the Panthers. While they face long odds of winning the Wild Card, they still have a ~6% chance of pulling out a playoff berth, according to Five Thirty Eight.
On Day 3 of official free agency, the Dolphins are adding multiple linebacker pieces. They have agreed to terms with Duke Riley and Brennan Scarlett, according to NJ.com’s Mike Kaye and the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson (Twitterlinks).
Both players finished last season on IR. While each could offer depth, both Riley and Scarlett have starting experience. Both spent part of the 2020 season operating as starters — for the Eagles and Texans, respectively. Riley agreed to terms on a one-year pact, per Kaye.
A five-year Texans contributor, Scarlett started 22 games. The former UDFA worked as more of a pass rusher in Houston, playing on the outside in the Texans’ 3-4 scheme, but also offers some versatility. Scarlett started 10 games in 2019, registering 51 tackles and recording 3.5 sacks. He suffered a season-ending broken forearm midway through last season.
The Eagles signed Riley a year ago and used him as a starter in eight games. Despite missing three games, Riley played on 55% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps. A Falcons starter in 2017 and ’18, Riley recorded 55 tackles last season and was a special teams captain in Philly.
Scarlett makes for the second ex-Texans linebacker the Dolphins have acquired this week. They traded for Benardrick McKinney a few days ago. Miami also brought back linebacker Vince Biegel this week.
November 8th, 2020 at 4:35pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
The Texans picked up a division win over the Jaguars Sunday, but they didn’t escape unscathed. Outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett suffered a broken forearm, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).
Houston was already without outside linebackers Jacob Martin and Whitney Mercilus, both on the COVID-19 list, so they’re now pretty thin at the position. It’s unclear as of right now how long Scarlett will be out, although it can be fairly safely assumed he’ll be headed for a stint on injured reserve. Scarlett signed an extension last August that ran through the end of this season, and he’ll now be an unrestricted free agent in March.
An UDFA from Cal back in 2016, he’s carved out a nice career for himself. He started to get playing time as a sophomore in 2017, and started ten games for the Texans last year. He had 51 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles last year, all career-highs.
The Texans have agreed to an extension with outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). With the new deal, Scarlett is now under contract through the 2020 season.
Earlier this year, the Texans used the restricted free agent tender to lock Scarlett down for $2.25MM in 2019. The extension will take him through the following season at a rate of $3.75MM.
Scarlett, a Stanford product, has had a strong offseason, and he has been rewarded for his efforts.
“Brennan, he has improved a whole lot, especially from last year to this year,” Texans veteran Whitney Mercilus said recently (via the Houston Chronicle). “He’s embraced his role. His pass rush has been on point. His pass coverage has been on point. I’m excited to see exactly what he does this year.”
Last year, the former UDFA was called upon to make three starts. If teammate Jadeveon Clowney gets traded, then he’ll be seeing even more time on the field.