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The Miami Dolphins entered the offseason with a rebuild in mind. The team parted ways with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. RT failed to live up to expectations as the franchise quarterback. The team also let veteran running back Frank Gore walk during the offseason. This, despite rushing for 722 yards at the age of 35.
The team decided to replace Gore with another former University of Miami running back, Mark Walton. Walton was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, who released him in during the offseason.
He was invited to a tryout during the Dolphins’ rookie mini-camp and looked impressive enough to get signed.
Even though Walton has a checkered past that includes three arrests in 2019, first-year head coach Brian Flores told reporters he believes people deserve second chances.
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“I don’t want to judge people based on one incident (or) two incidents,” Flores said. “I think it’s a case-by-case situation for a player and just for people in general. That’s kind of my stance.”
After practice, Walton declined to go into detail about his arrests, but showed gratitude that he was given a second chance by the Dolphins.
“There’s a lot of things that were happening in the offseason, but right now my focus is on the task at hand, and right now that’s trying out for the Miami Dolphins and that’s what I’m going to talk about right now,” Walton said.
Walton’s legal woes include arrests in January, February, and March. Cases which are still pending and under review by the NFL. Among the charges he faces are: A felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Also, three misdemeanor charges: resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession and reckless driving from the March 12 incident, a battery charge in the Feb. 16 case, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana from the Jan. 16 arrest.
Will Walton make the mose of his second chance?