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Dramatic U-turn sees former first round quarterback return to franchise

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When two separate players have lost fingers over one weekend and Tim Tebow can be handed another chance in the pros, you'd be forgiven for thinking this NFL offseason couldn't throw up any more surprises.

But the Miami Dolphins have been the latest franchise to step up to the plate, making an unorthodox move today that gives one former first round pick renewed hope.


As reported by Bleacher Reports' Mike Freeman, the Dolphins have re-signed quarterback Josh Freeman less that four days after they had cut him from the roster.


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The 17th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft was released by the Dolphins late last week having seemingly failed to convince staff at the AFC East side that he was a viable option as back up to Ryan Tannehill.

Clearly though something over the weekend led to a change of heart, and an about u-turn.

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Making their minds up

With the Dolphins approaching the start of training camp, bringing back the former Tampa Bay and Vikings man bumps their quarterback depth chart back up to four members - the usual number heading into camp.

That still doesn't answer the question; why did Miami get rid of Josh Freeman in the first place?

With details still emerging on the strange turn of events, the reason remains unclear. One possible explanation could be that the franchise wanted to change something about the contract Freeman was originally signed up to.

Final shot

While the 27-year-old will be glad to have found himself back on a roster, he still faces a tough task to secure himself a place on the final 53 man squad for the 2015 season.

As well as finding himself behind starter Tannehill, Freeman has Matt Moore ahead of him in the pecking order, with McLeod Bethel-Thompson also competing for a place.

After four relatively productive seasons with Tampa Bay, Freeman has been floating around the league since being dumped by the Bucs in 2013 and he could well be at the last chance saloon in Miami.

Freeman has the potential to be a useful back up but the events of the past seven days show that no-one is convinced of that at this stage in his career. Not even his current employers.

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