Dolphins sign Griff Whalen

AP

If the Dolphins were thinking about installing a play that sends nine guys to one sideline while having a wide receiver snap to a safety instead of punting on a fourth down, they now have someone on hand to tell them that it might not be such a hot idea.

The Dolphins announced Friday that they have signed former Colts wide receiver Griff Whalen as a free agent. Whalen was the snapper when the Colts ran the aforementioned play during a loss to the Patriots during the 2015 regular season.

The play failed miserably when Whalen snapped to Colt Anderson and the Patriots immediately swarmed him for a loss. The Colts’ decision sparked gifs, memes and laughter and seemed like a step toward coach Chuck Pagano’s departure at the end of the season, although things obviously didn’t wind up playing out that way.

Whalen didn’t make it to the end of the season with the Colts as they waived him off of injured reserve a couple of days before the final game of the year. Whalen had 19 catches in 14 games before his departure from Indianapolis and has 45 catches for 487 overall in 33 games over the last three years.

Whalen and Matt Hazel will likely compete for roles down the depth chart at receiver in Miami. His experience as a snapper is unlikely to be a factor.

31 responses to “Dolphins sign Griff Whalen

  1. Fin fans be prepared. In street clothes he may look like the IT guy that fixes your computer but he is fearless on the field and catches everything thrown his way. Tannehill’s job just got a little bit easier. The Colts have tried to cut him for the last 2-3 years and couldn’t do it.
    Good pick up for you guys.

  2. Must disagree, that play was a great idea!

    …it all depends on which side of the ball your team is on.

  3. Their throwing this season. This guy is weak…… Unreal…..subpar is what their grabbing…. Everywhere… Depressing..not surprised. This guy couldn’t hold a candle to our backups, and Matt Moore has never made Tanny better…griff is high school in in a mans game. Who they trying to fool..

  4. @ddogdaddy….You’ve lost me at the-“Colts have tried to cut him for the 2-3 years and couldn’t do it”line….How is that ? I remember watching that debacle unfold during the game and don’t recall ANY comments being made(after the fact) about how stellar he was or had been prior to that play. I’m not doubting you – but with my sources, it don’t add up.

  5. He singlehandedly cost the Colts 2 or 3 games last season. This guy will get your coach fired.

  6. Patriot fans chirping in like they have won the last 3 of 5 games vs Miami. But it’s the opposite.
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    They only raise banners for stuff like that if you are in Indianpolis.

  7. Now we’re signing practice squad players? I see that Tannebaum is still snoozin……WAKE UP ! & sign somebody who can contribute to the offense!
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    Thats what happens when you sign a gigantic whale that takes up a huge part of the salary cap. When will people realize that big name signings that take up that much of the cap arent worth it. You have no depth and no money to get it either.

  8. jchipwood says:
    Mar 18, 2016 7:28 PM

    Patriot fans chirping in like they have won the last 3 of 5 games vs Miami. But it’s the opposite.

    Dolphins fans talking like their team has actually been to the playoffs or won a Super Bowl in 20+ years.

  9. cleepord says:
    Mar 18, 2016 8:08 PM
    I noticed we haven’t signed a guard yet though…
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    Just an FYI: Jermon Bushrod was a Pro-Bowl Tackle, but signed to play Guard. Jamil Douglas will be going to the Left Guard (where he played in College) and should be fine. Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner will pretend to play Guard this Summer and then get Cut, so we can pickup real players for depth in August from other teams. Also, I can assure you we will Draft OL, but to pay $3.5M+ for a mediocre Guard like Sweezy etc. was not a good idea. Boone, Mathis and Osewele wanted over $5M!! Your welcome!

  10. I guess if we’re gonna get serious about winning again & making the playoffs ,we really don’t need great players because we can just start spying on opponents , swiping signal sheets & playbooks..not to mention playing with those deflated footballs…It’s been working out very well for New England all these years!

  11. finfansince68 says:
    Mar 19, 2016 2:04 PM
    I guess if we’re gonna get serious about winning again & making the playoffs ,we really don’t need great players because we can just start spying on opponents , swiping signal sheets & playbooks..not to mention playing with those deflated footballs…It’s been working out very well for New England all these years!

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    Just keep making more stuff up–whatever excuses you need to get through the inescapable fact that Miami has been irrelevant for 30 years. Don’t bother looking at the real issues your team has had.

  12. @ ikeclanton

    “Just keep making more stuff up–whatever excuses you need to get through the inescapable fact that Miami has been irrelevant for 30 years. Don’t bother looking at the real issues your team has had.”

    So all of Dan Marino’s career was irrelevant?

  13. @ickclanton

    “Just keep making more stuff up–whatever excuses you need to get through the inescapable fact that Miami has been irrelevant for 30 years. Don’t bother looking at the real issues your team has had.”
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    Also : no alleged video tapes were ever destroyed in Foxboro?, after they admitted to having a stash of them by Bilichiek himself & Kraft just willingly gave up the 2016 first round pick as sacrificial lamb to appease the NFL Gods huh? If it quacks like a duck & it looks like duck….it must be what?…a goat then?? Oh Brother …only in New England.I just really hope we don’t resort to those tactics just to when.

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