The Dolphins will send a 2019 late-round pick to Detroit.
Phillips, a 2013 fifth-round pick from IL, had a career-best 39 tackles and 3.0 sacks, which tied a career best, for the Lions in 2018.
Early Thursday, the Detroit Lions tweaked the contract of defensive tackle Akeem Spence. Another source said the Dolphins will give up a seventh-round pick.
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Keep your eyes right here on Lions Wire as we wait to see if there's yet another corresponding move on the way! The five-year veteran still has two years left on the three-year deal he originally signed with the Lions after playing his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his previous year of the deal in 2019, Spence is scheduled to make $2.150 million, which is a bargain for a veteran rotational defensive tackle. Spence, who has 41 starts in 72 games with Detroit (2017) and Tampa Bay (2013-16), would likely take a starting role alongside fellow defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in Miami's 4-3 scheme.
In Miami, Spence will reunite with quite a few former Detroit coaches, including defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. The Dolphins needed another player to add to the rotation because they released starter Ndamukong Suh in March largely for salary cap reasons.
Miami will assume Spence's contract, a three-year contract that Spence inked with the Lions as a free agent in 2017.