The Miami Dolphins went out and signed Knowshown Moreno to a less than spectacular deal, as the depressed running back market has led to big names getting little money and not a whole lot of guaranteed with new teams. But while Moreno is under contract and guaranteed a roster spot for the 2014 season, the same cannot be said about former No. 2 back Daniel Thomas.
It wasn’t long ago that the Dolphins were banking on Thomas at least becoming one half of a powerful tandem in the backfield, if not the starter. But after Lamar Miller secured a starting job in 2013, it’s been downhill for Thomas since. The arrival of Moreno means that Thomas will have to be fighting for his roster spot this offseason and could result in a lost roster spot.
Most likely, Miami would have to choose between Thomas and Gillislee. Thomas is a former draft bust who never lived up to his potential. He was a second-round pick by former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland in 2011. But Thomas’ career high is 581 rushing yards during his rookie year.
It’s not a guaranteed that Thomas will be cut this summer, but it’s a distinct possibility. While he’s shown flashes in the past, he’s being forced out by better backs in Miami and the depressed market doesn’t bode well for him finding another job quickly if released.
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