Dolphins Sign Guyton

Posted Apr 17, 2012

Less than a week away from the 2012 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins are not finished adding pieces to the roster through free agency, signing linebacker Gary Guyton today.

The fifth-year veteran out of Georgia Tech spent the last four seasons with the AFC East rival New England Patriots where he started 32 of his 60 career games. Guyton racked up 4.5 sacks, three interceptions, 14 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble during his time in New England and started every single game in 2009, piling up 85 tackles (55 solo).

But 2010 was really Guyton’s impact year as he scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a 59-yard interception return and the other on a 35-yard fumble return. He finished with 63 tackles (43 solo), three sacks, six passes defensed and one force fumble and then last season reached his first Super Bowl after starting six of 13 games.

“I learned a lot while I was there and had a good time while I was there,” said Guyton, who at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds is versatile enough to fit either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. “I learned just how to be professional and how to play the game.”

After opening some eyes his senior year at Georgia Tech in 2007 with 78 tackles and a career-high five sacks in 13 starts, Guyton went undrafted in 2008. The Patriots signed him as an undrafted free agent and he started two games as a rookie, making 28 tackles (19 solo) and recovering two fumbles.

What really caught the eye of New England’s scouts and coaches at the NFL Scouting Combine when he was coming out of college was Guyton’s speed. He ran a blistering 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, easily the fastest time of all of the linebackers in Indianapolis, and he isn’t shy about that being his best asset.

“Everyone knows the game of football is very fast so I’m not the slowest turtle in the bush,” Guyton said. “That’s always been a very good thing for me is my speed so I love my speed, my speed loves me.”

Guyton will begin to immediately acclimate himself to South Florida and the Dolphins during their ongoing offseason conditioning program.
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