Report: Miami Dolphins to host CFL star who interests Detroit Lions and Houston Texans

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CFL star Qwan’tez Stiggers will reportedly visit the Miami Dolphins on April 1, when the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft will be less than four weeks away.

Stiggers, who spent the 2023 season playing for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, was rewarded with the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie award in November. He became the first player at his position — defensive back — to receive the award in 25 years.

The 22-year-old totaled 53 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and five interceptions across 16 appearances with the Argonauts on the season.

He racked up seven defensive tackles in a single game on two occasions during the 2023 campaign, with one of those performances coming in September and the other in October.

The second time of the season that he managed to total seven defensive tackles came in the Argonauts’ 29-26 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Oct. 21. Stiggers also chipped in one interception in the team’s three-point win.

As Aaron Wilson mentioned in his post on X (previously Twitter), the Dolphins aren’t the only NFL team that Stiggers has communicated with ahead of the draft.

He has already had meetings with the Detroit Lions — who lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game — as well as the Houston Texans, who clinched the AFC South division during the 2023 regular season with a 10-7 record and won a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 13.

Based on how the Dolphins’ 2023 campaign transpired, the team is seemingly in need of some more talent on the defensive side of the ball. During the regular season, Miami allowed opponents to score 23.0 points per game, which marked the 11th-most points per game given up by any team in the league.

Also, in their loss to the Chiefs in the playoffs back in January, the Dolphins had no answer for Kansas City’s offense. They allowed the Chiefs to score 26 points, while Miami mustered just seven as a team.

While it seems unlikely that Stiggers will be drafted in the early part of the 2024 NFL Draft, perhaps the Dolphins will opt to use one of their later draft picks on him.

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