The Miami Dolphins on Sunday signed running back Mark Walton, one day after the team's head coach defended the player who was arrested three times within a three-month span since he entered the National Football League previous year.
A former 2018 fourth-round pick, Walton was initially drafted by the Bengals out of the University of Miami, but due to a string of legal issues - including being arrested three times in 2019 - Walton was waived by the Bengals this offseason.
He has three pending criminal cases, including felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving. He has yet to publicly address the charges.
Field Yates of ESPN reports the Dolphins signed Walton after he tried out at their rookie minicamp. "We wanted to definitely take a look at him and see if he was a fit for us on the field (and) off the field". "I believe that. I think that's the case".
"Again, it's a tryout", Flores said.
"I'm just thankful to be here", Walton told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "So we'll see how it goes".
"I think people deserve a second chance", Flores said Saturday. It stands to reason even if he does make it onto Miami's final roster this year he will be subject to a suspension. He'd be nothing more than depth for the Dolphins and can be ignored in all fantasy leagues if he signs in Miami.
The arrests are going to haunt Walton at least until there is a resolution. And this weekend's tryout was likely as much about getting to know Walton the person as it was Walton the player.