Friday, March 28, 2014
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Former Georgia Bulldogs running back Knowshon Moreno agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.
Moreno, who met with the Dolphins last week, was an every-down back for the Denver Broncos last season. He rushed for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 60 passes for 548 yards and three scores.
Moreno, who averaged 4.3 yards per carry, will likely compete with Lamar Miller for carries. Miller and Daniel Thomas totaled 1,105 yards and six touchdowns as Miami’s leading rushers last season.
Broncos head coach John Fox said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the door was still open for Moreno to return. He also endorsed second-year running back Montee Ball as a capable replacement if Moreno, 27, left via free agency.
Running back contracts have been modest at best relative to other positions.
Ben Tate, who signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, received only $6 million total to bolt the Houston Texans, where he had been the primary backup to Arian Foster.
“Every year — it’s a young man’s game — you take leaps of faith with young players,” Fox said. “I think Montee showed he grew up as a player as far as being dependable, being accountable assignment-wise — all of the things young players struggle with. He made a lot of growth and we’ll see what this year brings.”