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Dolphins make a deal with Texans, landing inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney for Shaq Lawson

Instead, both teams will trade valuable defenders to fill specific needs on their defenses before NFL free agency begins this week.

The Dolphins will acquire inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney in exchange for defensive end Shaq Lawson in a deal that will also include late-round picks, a league source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Sunday.

McKinney fills the Dolphins’ need for an experienced inside linebacker, while indicating the Dolphins may upgrade their defensive end and edge rushing position in free agency after parting with two such players one year into their contracts signed last offseason.