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Dolphins sign Clifton Smith

The Miami Dolphins today announced the signing of kick returner Clifton Smith.

Smith was a Pro Bowler for the Buccaneers in 2008 and led the league with an average of 29.1 yards per kickoff return last season, so he should be a solid addition to the Dolphins’ special teams. But there are concerns about his health after concussions cut short his 2009 season.

To make room for Smith on the roster, the Dolphins waived offensive lineman Joe Reitz, whom they acquired off waivers three days ago.

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7 Responses to “Dolphins sign Clifton Smith”
  1. Slow Joe says: Sep 8, 2010 12:29 PM

    As a human, I’m glad to hear it. I like Clifton. As a Buc fan, let me warn the Dolphins: better get ready to recover his fumbles.

  2. PkrNboro says: Sep 8, 2010 12:53 PM

    …explain how a “solid addition” can be concussion risk ?

  3. rocknrollsinger says: Sep 8, 2010 12:57 PM

    He’s a game-changer in the return game and a lovable player. Can’t do anything else on the field though.

  4. Slow Joe says: Sep 8, 2010 1:31 PM

    @rocknrollsinger: That isn’t necessarily true. Jon Gruden tried to make him a third-down back, a role in which he’d be perfect, except that he kept coughing up the ball. Eventually, they decided they just couldn’t trust him.

  5. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2010 1:54 PM

    Hope he returns the punts also. Bess is shaky as a returner. He has great hands on passes but butterfingers on punts. He will be a bonus for as long as he plays. After the first concussion the dolphins will revert back to their original plan. Not much to lose here. This is the first thing the dolphins have done in the last month that actually makes a little sense

  6. dirty_dolphin says: Sep 8, 2010 1:56 PM

    anyone is better than the old #19

  7. KILLER FIN says: Sep 8, 2010 3:31 PM

    Ginn played good against the jets last year & that was it!!! Burned Revis & 2 kick returns for TD’s!!! thanks for that Ted but other than that good riddance!!! GO FINS!!!

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