Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
According to the agent of LaMichael James, he has signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins and will be put on the team's practice squad. James, who requested his release from the San Francisco 49ers prior to the season in hopes of landing a bigger role somewhere else, hopes to parlay this opportunity into a spot on the active roster, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
Since 2012 when he was drafted by the 49ers in the third round, James has averaged 4.5 yards per rush on 41 carries and has five receptions for 45 yards. However, James may make his impact on special teams if he is promoted to the active roster. Last season, he ranked 10th in the league in punt return average. Since 2012, he has an average of 28.4 yards on kickoff returns and an average of 10.9 yards on punt returns. In 2010, he finished third in the Heisman Trophy race and ranked 14th in NCAA history in rushing yards with 5,028 yards.
Signing James gives the Dolphins six running backs, which means one will most likely be cut. The Dolphins haven't released an official statement but we'll keep you posted once they do.