Sammy Morris Agrees to Terms with Miami

Another quality running back is off the market as versatile Sammy Morris is heading back to the Dolphins for another year.

ColtPower has learned that Dolphins running back Sammy Morris has agreed to return to Miami this season under the terms of a new one-year deal. The versatile running back and special teams star hasn't yet signed the contract, but according to his agent, Mark Slough, Morris will be playing for the Dolphins in 2006.

A selfless team player who loves playing special teams, Morris believes that successful teams are made up of players who find their niche and who strive to give their best in their respective roles.

"I think a team is made up of a lot of individuals who play well and work well together. That goes further than X's and O's, forty-times and benches. It comes from the locker room and what kind of men you have – and not just in football, but in life, what kind of guys they are," he explained.

A former starter for the Bills in his rookie season, Morris contributed over 600 yards of offense rushing and receiving. But with a coaching change in Buffalo and the arrival of Travis Henry, Morris dropped a notch on the depth chart. And in the process, he decided to focus on excelling at special teams to help his club.

"You've always got an opportunity to find good in what are potentially bad situations," he said. "And to an extent I believe that's a conscious decision to find something positive in something that you could justifiably be negative about."

And as he became more proficient in the four areas of special teams -- punt coverage and returns, kickoff coverage and returns -- Morris learned something important that has really helped his pro career.

"While I like playing different a role in the offense, I look at things kind of backwards compared to some other players. I really like playing special teams," he said.

Because he has good hands coming out of the backfield, Morris can end up on the field in a variety of situations that can call for him to run for a few tough yards, or to sprint out of the backfield and use his good hands to catch a pass that will help his team move the chains. But since he's integral to Miami's special teams, he has to pay close attention to his conditioning.

"I take pride in making sure I stay in condition so if I get the opportunity to catch a screen pass and breakaway for 40 yards for a touchdown, I'm still ready to go out and run down the field and cover the kickoff on the next play," he said.

Morris visited with the Seahawks last week and he had a good visit with team officials. But this week they took one more look at one of their own -- Maurice Morris -- and re-signed him instead.

With his return to the Dolphins, Sammy Morris will have an opportunity to keep doing what he loves the most; and for a team that he knows will use his talents to their full advantage.


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