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.”