Akeem Spence


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 201316, and started 11 games for the Lions last year. His career totals include 81/2 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.