Can Boston Help Miami Beat New England?

Miami Dolphins' coach Nick Saban has made some moves that have raised eyebrows around the league. While Saban thinks that the moves are just about second chances, others aren't so sure. Saban's latest move is to give the controversial wide receiver, David Boston, another chance to help the Dolphins in 2005.Saban thinks Boston is part of the solution to turn Miami's offense around, and he might just be right.

PHOTO: David Boston #89 of the San Diego Chargers runs past Brian Russell #27 of the Minnesota Vikings on November 9, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 42-28. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Boston Makes The Dolphins More Dangerous
By Staff

The Dolphins are hoping David Boston's second stint with the franchise proves more productive than the first. Released earlier in the offseason, the Dolphins re-signed Boston last week to a one-year, $540,000 contract with incentives.

The Dolphins released Boston in March after he failed a team physical, which cleared $3.16 million in salary cap room. After receiving interest from Tennessee and San Francisco, Boston decided to return to the Dolphins, who had kept the door open for his return when releasing him in March.

"We are happy to have him because, to me, the guy could be a very positive asset to us and he seems to be fairly well rehabbed from his recent injuries," said Dolphins first-year coach Nick Saban, who had Boston participate in a recent minicamp. "Even though we have minimized his reps in the first couple of days (of practice), he has been able to do things and looks at full speed and looks pretty good, as we did work him out and give him a physical before we made this decision."

The Dolphins had hoped Boston would provide a significant boost to the team's passing attack last season, but he suffered a torn left patella tendon during a joint preseason practice with the Houston Texans and was placed on injured reserve.

Boston then proved a headache off the field, which was a problem during previous stints with Arizona and San Diego. Boston tested positive under the NFL's steroid and performance-enhancing substance policy last year and served a four-game suspension while on injured reserve. Boston also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault against an airport gate agent in Burlington, Vt., which is where he was rehabilitating.

"He'll be held to the same standard as far as team character as everyone else," Saban said. "I feel fairly confident in his commitment to do that." Boston was one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers in 2000 and 2001 before being plagued by a series of injuries and off-field issues. If healthy, Boston would provide an upgrade to Derrius Thompson as Miami's third wide receiver and could challenge Marty Booker for a starting spot.

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