New Returner

The Dolphins may have found their dynamic kick returner. The team on Wednesday signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers returner Clifton Smith. To make room on the roster, the Dolphins waived offensive lineman Joe Reitz.

As a rookie in 2008, Smith became the first Buccaneers kick returner ever selected to the Pro Bowl and just the second rookie in team history to make the annual all-star game, joining RB Warrick Dunn in 1997.

He led the team that year with 36 kickoff returns for 992 yards, good for a 27.6 yard average. He also became the first player in franchise history to score on a kickoff return (97 yards at Kansas City on 11/2/08) and punt return (70 yards vs. Detroit on 11/23/08) in the same season.

In 2009, Smith led the NFL with a 29.1-yard kickoff return average. He originally signed with Tampa Bay on May 6, 2008 as an undrafted college free agent.

Smith, who played collegiately at Fresno State, has battled injuries since last season when he sustained a concussion when he was nailed while looking up to field a punt.

Reitz was among four players claimed off waivers by the Dolphins on Sunday after he had been released by the Baltimore Ravens.


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