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The Miami Dolphins have signed former Oregon and San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James according to the players' agent Jeff Sperbeck.

Dispatched by the 49ers

James was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft but failed to establish himself as a primary running back in San Francisco behind Frank Gore in the depth chart, James was used extensively in special teams as a returner.

The writing was seemingly on the wall as the season began for James as rumours spread that he had become surplus to requirements with the San Francisco franchise, however despite the off-season indications that he would be leaving the team, the running back was retained on the roster at the start of the regular season.

His third season with the 49ers only lasted one week as he was released from the squad and left to find another suitor in the NFL, James had looked at Miami as a possible destination and worked out with the team a couple of weeks ago.

Finding a home in Miami

The running back's agent took to Twitter today to confirm that the player had in fact signed with the Dolphins, Sperback tweeted: "Congrats to @LaMichaelJames for joining the @MiamiDolphins He knows the offense well. Great fit."

The franchise have yet to announce the signing but that may be due to the bye week they are currently experiencing as they also return from London after defeating the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium. 

James will likely continue his role as a special teams expert, returning kickoffs and punts in Miami. 

James had a spectacular career in College as a star player for the Oregon Ducks, in his final season with the University he collected the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the top running back in college football and also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

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