UPDATE: It appears that the person who texted me regarding the Knowshon Moreno information was going off a report by John Clayton of ESPN. I can not confirm if there is interest by both parties or simply a fact of Clayton talking about speculation of where players could end up. I’d take this down but it apparently has grown it’s own wings. Another week and I could have passed this off as an April Fools joke…instead I’ll just eat the crow and look stupid! Tis the season for bad journalism! Sorry guys.
It’s being reported by ESPN that the Miami Dolphins and free agent tailback Knowshon Moreno are closing in on a deal, this according to a text I received earlier from someone who saw it on ESPN. They don’t cite any specifics only that Moreno hopes to get a deal done. The Dolphins are looking for an additional running back to pair with Lamar Miller.
Moreno who last played for the Denver Broncos scored 10 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,000 yards for a team that was primarily pass happy. He added over 500 yards receiving as well. A solid blocking back as well, Moreno could be the Dolphins answer for their tailback search eliminating the need to look at this years draft. There are still questions about what the Dolphins will do with their current roster.
Mike Gillislee did little to prove his value to the club and Daniel Thomas has been inconsistent while showing at times signs that he can help the team win. Marcus Thigpen who has been mainly a PR/KR specialist is not likely going to make any strong push for more playing time in the backfield.
Drafted in 2009 by Denver with the 12th pick in the first round, Moreno has put almost 3,500 yards on his running resume while adding another 1,400 through the air. While his numbers are good, his durability has been a concern. He played 16 games last season but only eight the year before and seven the year before that. Still, when Moreno gets into a groove he is a hard runner to bring down.
The Dolphins have also been reported to be looking at Maurice Jones-Drew and as a trade interested party to Chris Johnson of Tennessee. However the team has made no moves on either front as of yet and it’s likely that Moreno could end any speculation of another runner entirely.