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.

  • Txmedic5

    That is huge. I can’t believe they went with a 36 year old injury waiting to happen Corner

    • wes

      Look at what that scrub Allen has done, Al Harris is back home and all u hatters can suck it

  • phinion

    Something is not right here! There has to be something else going on that we haven’t been told.
    It does not make sense to simply cut a guy you have talked up and made a starter simply because he got beat for the starting job.

    Why wouldn’t they cut Carroll, Sapp or Ness who are way down on the depth chart to make room and keep Allen if he was starter material recently?

    Now I am not saying Allen is a great CB, hell I am surprised his cutting didn’t happen 2+ years ago!
    But it is something that should concern us that Ireland can go from talking a player up and then cutting him in half a season. It shows lack of faith and a distinct lack of commitment in your own assesment ability.

    I believed Allen got the start more to motivate Smith than due to his own ability and that is fine if it is true. Well if Smith has motivation issues he just lost the thing that motivated him.

    I have to believe there is an injury or some other issue we haven’t heard about yet to explain this move.

    As for Harris, I have no problems with his signing, Age and Injuries add questions but I think he is being brought in more to add a veteran and experienced player to the very young Secondary.

    • alabamaphinfan

      I agree there seems to be something “fishy” about Allen’s departure. I have no problem with bringing in some experiance to help the phins young secondary. They have allowed some huge big plays the last two years. Although this year if they could just hold on to the ball they seem to be in the right places…

  • Ripp

    I have been saying it for a long time now while everyone else was so focused on Henne. Miami has issues at CB. Next to ST this unit is the weakest unit on the team. This is clearly a desperation move, after all, like its already been said, why would you bring in a aging, injury prone player who is on the decline and send one of your better ST players packing? I wonder who’s idea was to put Will Allen on IR.

  • Jetro

    Keep in mind, Harris is only going to be around for 8 games plus the playoffs if we make it (not happening). 1/2 a season shouldn’t be a problem.

    Also, talking up about a player helps build interest and potential trade partners. No coach is going to say “gee, my starting cb sucks, please take him from us”.. I’m guessing they tried to ditch him during the season but found no takers. Obviously Allen’s play either showed no signs of improving or they’re happy with the pickup of Carroll that it made Allen expendable in the long term.

    Got to keep in mind, a lot of moves are now being done, not because of the season but with the upcoming strike, teams are looking to stay young and keep their budgets down to a minimum.

  • Steven R

    Harris did just make that tackle so I’m not complaining.