Al Harris returns home to Florida.

Dolphins Sign Al Harris, Waive Jason Allen

The Miami Dolphins have signed Al Harris, the former Green Bay Packers corner. Harris, 35, was on the Packers PUP list until this week when the Packers chose to cut him rather than pay his salary. He then proceeded to clear the waiver wire, mostly due to the nearly 3 million dollar price tag he came with, and was free to sign with anyone.

The Dolphins worked out Harris at 7 AM and moved quickly to sign him. Harris is a Florida native, born in Pompano Beach. He played his college ball at Texas A&M-Kingsville and made his NFL debut for the Philadelphia Eagles back in 1998.

Over the course of his career Harris has been a two time pro-bowler (in 2007 and 2008) and has tallied 21 career interceptions. What this move means to the rest of the Dolphins secondary is anyone’s call. I doubt he challenges Sean Smith or Vontae Davis for a starting spot, but he could still come in and provide excellent depth and eventually take over nickel duties. More likely though Harris may see some time at safety, with Yeremiah Bell, Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver and Reshad Jones each nursing injuries, the Dolphins need healthy bodies.

The Dolphins also signed LB Eric Bakhtiari to the practice squad and 7th rounder Chris McCoy. Bakhtiari was on the Titans practice squad and is probably going to be used for intel.

UPDATE: The Dolphins have chosen to waive Jason Allen to make room for Al Harris on the roster. I find this absolutely shocking considering how much Allen was talked up. That’s quite a fall from grace, he went from surprise first-half starter, to benched, to waived. That’s pretty abrupt. Still, a lot of Dolphins fans will probably be happy to see Jason Allen finally go. He was a much-maligned first round pick during the Saban era and despite appearing to have finally “gotten it” at the beginning of the year the Dolphins clearly were tired of waiting for any consistency to kick in on his part. Jason Allen is gone, Al Harris is here.

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