Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dolphins bolster offensive backfield with Moreno


Though it was understood that the Miami Dolphins needed to supplement their running back personnel, they appeared to be in no hurry to make a move. Thursday, they finally did.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Dolphins have signed former Denver Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno. The deal was later reported to be for one year and $3 million.

Miami hosted the 27-year-old last Friday but didn't agree to terms for nearly a week. Though there was mutual interest, Moreno likely tried to fight the persistently soft market for veteran running backs.

The prudent signing gives the Dolphins another rushing option out of the backfield if Lamar Miller's progress continues to stall and Daniel Thomas, well, continues to be Daniel Thomas.

He also is a more proven pass-blocker, an all-important skill frequently missing from the Dolphins backfield the past two seasons. Moreno's contributions to the passing game don't end at blocking; he's an accomplished receiver as well, ranking fifth among NFL running backs in receiving yards in 2013.

Moreno set career-highs last season in Peyton Manning's record-setting offense with 1,038 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and added another 548 yards and three scores receiving.

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