January 8, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN AULTMAN TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins announced today that the team has signed defensive back Damarr Aultman to a reserve/future contract.
Aultman spent the 2015 training camp as a wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins before being waived in the final round of roster cuts on Sept. 5. He was signed to Miami’s practice squad in Week 3 and remained there for three weeks.
A second-team all-conference selection at Maine, Aultman played wide receiver for the Black Bears and scored 18 touchdowns in his 45-game career. He was a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association performer as a kickoff returner and tied the school record with 28 kickoff returns for a total of 645 yards (23.0 avg.) in 2014. He also caught 48 passes for 498 yards (10.4 avg.) and two touchdowns during his senior season.
Aultman finished his career ranked fifth in school history in receptions (162) and seventh in receiving yards (2,061).
January 7, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN DAVIS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins announced today that the team has signed wide receiver Tyler Davis to a reserve/future contract.
Davis joins the Dolphins from the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes of the German Football League, where he starred as a two-way player, earning the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2015. He recorded 94 receptions for 1,733 yards (18.4 avg.) and 24 touchdowns as a wide receiver and totaled six interceptions as a defensive back in 2015.
He began his professional football career in 2014 with the Munich Cowboys, where he also played both sides of the ball. Davis recorded 28 receptions for 686 yards (24.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns on offense and also had six interceptions.
Davis played collegiately at Missouri Valley, an NAIA school in Marshall, Mo., where he was a first-team all-conference selection all four years. In 2012, he earned the Heart of America Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and was named an American Football Coaches’ Association All-American.
Throughout his college career, Davis accumulated 138 tackles, 19 interceptions and 21 pass breakups. He also returned kickoffs and punts, totaling four kickoff returns for touchdowns. Davis was also an All-American as a long jumper on the indoor track and field team.
January 6, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN EIGHT PLAYERS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins announced today that the team has signed running back Jahwan Edwards, wide receiver Robert Herron, linebacker Terrell Manning, guard Vinston Painter, guard Anthony Steen, cornerback Dax Swanson, defensive end Julius Warmsley and defensive end Jordan Williams to reserve/future contracts.
Edwards originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2015. He spent time on Atlanta and Jacksonville’s practice squad before the Dolphins added him to their practice squad in Week 16. Edwards finished his collegiate career as Ball State’s all-time leading rusher with 4,558 yards and set the school’s career total touchdown mark with 51 scores. He was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and a team captain his senior season.
A sixth-round pick (185th overall) by Tampa Bay in 2014, Herron played eight games for the Buccaneers that season and caught six passes for 58 yards (9.7 avg.) and one touchdown. He spent the final 12 weeks of 2015 on Miami’s practice squad. At Wyoming, Herron played in 42 career games and recorded 152 receptions for 2,030 yards (13.4 avg.) and 20 touchdowns.
Manning was a fifth-round draft choice (163rd overall) by Green Bay in 2012 and played five games for the Packers during the regular season and two postseason contests. He appeared in one game for the San Diego Chargers in 2013 and played for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears in 2014. Manning had two stints on Miami’s practice squad in 2015 and also spent time on the Dolphins’ practice squad in 2014.
Painter was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2013 NFL draft and made his professional debut in Cleveland in 2014, where he played three games for the Browns. The Dolphins signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 6, 2015. Painter started all 13 games of his senior season at Virginia Tech and earned honorable mention All-ACC honors from the league’s coaches.
An undrafted college free agent, Steen signed with Arizona in 2014. After multiple stints on the Cardinals’ practice squad, Miami signed him to its practice squad on Nov. 24, 2015. Steen won three national championships at Alabama and started all 14 games of the Crimson Tide’s national title run in 2012. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior in 2013.
Swanson entered the league as an undrafted college free agent with Indianapolis in 2013. He spent time with five different teams before the Dolphins signed him to their practice squad in Week 14 of the 2015 season. Swanson finished his collegiate career as Sam Houston State’s all-time leader with 14 interceptions. He was a third team All-American in 2011 and two-time All-Southland Conference selection.
Warmsley was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted college free agent in 2014. He spent parts of the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad before the Dolphins signed him to their practice squad on Dec. 17, 2015. Warmsley was a four-year letterwinner at Tulane where he totaled 102 tackles (61 solo), 30.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pair of blocked kicks. He started all 13 games in 2013 as a senior and earned first-team All-Conference USA honors.
Williams first joined the Dolphins practice squad on Oct. 6, 2015 and was signed to the active roster on Dec. 5, 2015. He made his NFL debut with Miami the following day against Baltimore before returning to the practice squad to close the season. Williams entered the league with the New York Jets as an undrafted college free agent in 2015. He started all 13 games at the University of Tennessee in 2014 and made 27 tackles (15 solo) with four tackles for loss, two sacks and four pass breakups.
January 4, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS NAME CHRIS GRIER GENERAL MANAGER
Miami, FL – The Miami Dolphins named Chris Grier as the team’s General Manager today. In his role, Grier will oversee the draft and personnel departments, reporting directly to Executive Vice President, Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum.
“I want to thank Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum for this tremendous opportunity,” said Grier. “I love this organization and feel I am the right man for this job. South Florida is very important to me and my family and I look forward to working with our personnel and coaching staff to add talent to the roster.”
“I am really proud that Chris will lead our player personnel at both the college and pro level,” added Tannenbaum. “Chris is a passionate personnel executive that is highly respected throughout the NFL. His experience within the organization, background and approach to building a team made him the unquestioned choice to be our next General Manager.”
Grier recently finished his 16th season with the Dolphins and ninth as the team’s Director of College Scouting. He served as an area scout with the club from 2000-02 before being promoted to National Scout/Assistant Director of College Scouting in 2003. He joined the club after spending the previous five years in the personnel department with the New England Patriots.
Grier started his NFL career with the Patriots as an intern in 1994. He joined the club on a full-time basis the following year, and served as a regional scout until joining the Dolphins in 2000. He attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he majored in journalism and played football for two years. Grier spent his final two years there as an undergraduate assistant.
Grier is the son of Bobby Grier, the former Vice President-Player Personnel with the New England Patriots who currently is the Associate Director of Pro Scouting with the Houston Texans. Chris’ brother, Michael, played for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He is currently a personnel scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.