Kamu Grugier-Hill

Source: Kamu Grugier-Hill heading to Dolphins on 1-year deal

Source: Kamu Grugier-Hill heading to Dolphins on 1-year deal

A day after he said goodbye to Eagles fans, we now know where Kamu Grugier-Hill is landing. 

The former Eagles special teams captain has agreed to terms with the Dolphins on a one-year deal, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. NFL Network first reported the deal. 

Grugier-Hill spent four seasons with the Eagles after they claimed him in 2016. He was primarily a special teams player but his role grew over the years and he played more and more on defense. 

In 2019, he was expected to have a breakout season in a contract year but it didn’t happen. Grugier-Hill got hurt in training camp. He eventually returned and played well but then suffered a concussion, ironically enough in Miami, and didn’t report it to the Eagles’ medical staff. That didn’t sit well with Doug Pederson. And not long after, Grugier-Hill was shut down for the season with a back injury that needed surgery and his agent released a statement saying he had played with pain most of the year. 

The relationship between Grugier-Hill and the Eagles seemed to sour. 

But for four seasons, Grugier-Hill was a solid contributor and a great locker room presence. He was voted by his teammates as the Eagles’ special teams captain the last two seasons. 

In Miami, Grugier-Hill will be reunited with some of the coaching staff that drafted him to New England in 2016. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Dolphins DC Josh Boyer were with the Patriots when they drafted Grugier-Hill out of Eastern Illinois in the sixth round back in 2016. 

Without Grugier-Hill and without Nigel Bradham, who is also a free agent, the Eagles are very light at linebacker right now. 

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As free agency begins, Kamu Grugier-Hill says goodbye to Eagles fans

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As free agency begins, Kamu Grugier-Hill says goodbye to Eagles fans

If you had any hopes that the Eagles would bring back pending free agent linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, that isn’t going to happen. 

Hours after the NFL’s open negotiating period began, the 25-year-old said goodbye to Philly on Monday afternoon. 

The Eagles claimed Grugier-Hill back in early September of 2016 at the same time they also claimed WR Bryce Treggs and S Terrence Brooks. From there, Grugier-Hill became a key member of the Eagles’ special teams unit and eventually earned a role on defense. 

The Patriots took Grugier-Hill in the sixth round out of Eastern Illinois but released him at final cuts. A couple years later, Grugier-Hill helped the Eagles take down his former team in the Super Bowl. 

Known as a special teams player, Grugier-Hill seemed like he was on his way to having a breakout season as a linebacker in 2019 but then sprained his MCL during training camp. Before that injury, he looked great. 

Eventually, KGH returned and played 10 games with six starts. But his 2019 season ended strangely. He was placed on IR when an MRI determined he needed back surgery. That happened not long after Grugier-Hill suffered a concussion in the Miami game and failed to report it to medical personnel, an action Doug Pederson publicly reprimanded. When he was placed on IR, his agent released a statement saying his client had played through pain for most of the season. 

It seemed like the situation between Grugier-Hill and the Eagles had soured. 

But he did have four good seasons with the Eagles and was a part of the team that won Super Bowl LII in 2017. 

During his four seasons in Philly, Grugier-Hill played in 54 games and started 16 of them. He was a two-time special teams captain and was well liked in the locker room. 

Without Grugier-Hill and without Nigel Bradham, who is also a free agent, the Eagles are light at the linebacker spot right now. They have Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton under contract. 

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Kamu Grugier-Hill’s disappointing season ends with surgery

Kamu Grugier-Hill’s disappointing season ends with surgery

The Eagles have placed linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on Injured Reserve, ending what was ultimately an injury-plagued and disappointing season for the linebacker in a contract year. 

Grugier-Hill, 25, will need surgery after an MRI on Monday confirmed he has a lower lumbar disc herniation. After a consultation with the team’s spine surgeon, they made a decision to have the surgery. 

“It’s huge,” head coach Doug Pederson said of the loss of Grugier-Hill “You know, he’s been a core team player for us early in his career. And obviously here doing the dual role, playing linebacker for us too. Definitely somebody that we’re going to miss.” 

After Sunday’s game in Washington, in which the starting linebacker played just a handful of snaps, he reported discomfort in his back to team doctors and they went from there, according to the Eagles. 

To fill his spot on the roster, the Eagles promoted defensive tackle Bruce Hector. 

Grugier-Hill played a season-low five snaps against Washington, but the Eagles claim this injury was unrelated. Pederson said Grugier-Hill didn’t report the injury until after the game. 

Like a lot of players, Grugier-Hill played through injuries this season. While he's expected to be medically healthy in 3-4 weeks, that obviously doesn't mean he'd be ready to play football that soon. 

For his season, Grugier-Hill ended up playing 304 defensive snaps (34 percent) and 126 special teams snaps (32 percent). He played in 10 games with six starts and made 22 tackles with one fumble recovery. 

This was supposed to be a breakout season for Grugier-Hill as he entered the fourth and final year of his rookie contract but it didn’t go to plan. He’ll become a free agent in March. 

Grugier-Hill suffered a Grade-3 MCL sprain during training camp, ending his fantastic summer of expectations. He missed the first three weeks of the season and then began the process of ramping up his workload. Then he suffered a concussion early in the Miami game and didn’t report it until four days later and missed the game against the Giants. Head coach Doug Pederson voiced his disappointment in the way Grugier-Hill handled that situation. 

The Eagles claimed Grugier-Hill after final cuts back in the 2016 season. That year they also claimed wide receiver Bryce Treggs and safety Terrence Brooks. Grugier-Hill is the only one to last in Philly. 

Not only did Grugier-Hill last, he became a major part of the team, first as a special teamer and then as a defensive role player. Grugier-Hill was the Eagles’ special teams captain in each of the last two seasons. 

Now, he’s facing an important offseason coming off a disappointing season capped with a surgery. 

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