Dolphins sign running back Mark Walton despite 3 arrests in offseason

Bengals' Mark Walton tased by police, arrested for third time this year

The Dolphins announced Sunday they have signed former Bengals running back Mark Walton, who has been arrested three times this offseason.

Walton, Cincinnati’s fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, saw limited action as a rookie, gaining 75 yards from scrimmage. But he’s frequently made news this offseason, with a handful of arrests that led the Bengals to release him in early April.

That release came a couple of days after Walton surrendered to police to face felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving stemming from a March 12 incident in the Miami area. In that incident, police allege Walton fled in a high-speed chase before stopping. He ran off, was tased, then ran away and disappeared. 

Walton is also facing a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly got into a fight with his neighbor Feb. 16. Walton allegedly took a phone from a neighbor after the two got into an argument in a residential parking garage, resulting in a physical altercation.

He’s also facing a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge from a January arrest.

But Walton, who attended the University of Miami, made an impression on Dolphins coaches at a rookie minicamp.

“I’m just thankful to be here,” Walton told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I’m trying to leave an impression on the coaches. I’m trying to leave a lasting mark on them.

“I can’t really say too much about the other stuff (off) the field. But I know what I got to do while I’m here. That’s all I can talk about right now.”

The Sun-Sentinel speculated Walton might serve on Miami’s practice squad this season as he works through his legal issues. He is also facing a possible suspension from the NFL.

But the Dolphins are willing to give Walton another chance.

“Obviously, a talented player,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters Saturday. “We want to definitely take a look at him and see if he was a fit for us on the field and off the field. I think he’s done a good job really in the one day that he’s been here.”