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Dolphins acquire DT Akeem Spence from Lions for draft pick

May 3, 2018 GMT
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence (97) reacts after a sack during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit. Spence has been acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2019 draft pick, the Dolphins announced Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence (97) reacts after a sack during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit. Spence has been acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2019 draft pick, the Dolphins announced Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Defensive tackle Akeem Spence has been acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Detroit Lions for a late-round draft pick in 2019.

The Dolphins swung the deal announced Thursday to plug a hole created when they released five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh for salary cap reasons. Spence will join a rotation at tackle that also includes Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor.

Spence has 41 starts in a five-year NFL career. He was with Tampa Bay in 2013-16, and started 11 games for the Lions last year. His career totals include 8½ sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Spence was a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2013. He grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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