Former Jets quarterback Mike White agreed to a contract with the Dolphins earlier this week. Now some of his former Gang Green teammates will join him in South Florida.
According to league sources, the Dolphins will sign former Jets wide receiver and returnee Braxton Berrios. ESPN reports that Berríos’ contract will be for one year.
Miami is also signing veteran guard Dan Feeney to a one-year deal, according to multiple sources.
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After being selected by the Patriots in the 2018 draft, Berríos has spent the last four seasons with the Jets after the team claimed him off waivers. During that time, Berríos played 65 games with the Verdiblancos. He caught 107 passes for 1,085 yards (10.1 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.
Berríos was a significant factor as a returner for the Jets, as he had 24.9 yards per kickoff return and 11.4 yards per punt return. In 2021, Berríos averaged a league-high 30.4 per kickoff return. He also averaged 13.4 yards per punt return, as he was a first-team special teams All-Pro.
However, in 2022, Berríos’ number dropped slightly as he averaged 23.1 yards per kickoff return and 11.4 yards on punt returns. He also struggled with missed returns and missed assignments offensively.
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After a down year, the Jets wanted to restructure Berrios’ contract, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. That’s when the Jets released Berrios as they saved $5 million against the team’s salary cap.
Berrios should significantly improve Miami’s special teams unit. Last season, wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was the Dolphins’ leading punt returner late in the season, averaging 7.5 yards. Running back Raheem Mostert handled the Dolphins’ kickoff averaging 20.1 yards per return.
Feeney spent the last two seasons with the Jets after four seasons with the Chargers. During that time, Feeney played in 33 games for the Jets, recording five starts in 2021 and two in 2022.
Feeney received more playing time following guard Alijah Vera-Tucker’s season-ending torn triceps injury. Pro Football Focus gave Feeney a 51.8 block rating last season.
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The Dolphins need more depth on the offensive line, and Feeney’s experience should be an asset.