Now the former fifth-round pick is being rewarded.
The team later confirmed the signing.
Although Miami's pass defense has been a liability in recent years, there's reason to believe this could be one of the league's most improved units.
Matt Burke's secondary gave Tom Brady fits in a 27-20 December upset, stifling the Patriots' high-octane attack in dominant fashion. With third-year cornerback Xavien Howard showing flashes of shutdown potential to go with Fitzpatrick, McCain and Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, the Dolphins' secondary is on the rise.