The Miami Dolphins have already established that they’re willing to give second opportunities, as they traded for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen last month. And this weekend at mini-camp, the fins are giving an opportunity to a local star who’s had nothing but trouble off the field recently.
The Dolphins invited former Bengals and Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton to participate in their rookie tryout this weekend.
Mark Walton is here trying to impress the Dolphins coaches with the hopes of being signed. pic.twitter.com/ohjF0vekib
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 10, 2019
Walton was recently released by Cincinnati and their new coaching staff led by first-year head coach, Zach Taylor. This was after Walton’s third arrest since the end of the 2018 season had occurred in South Florida in the first week of April.
We wrote then, Walton’s latest troubles involved a police chase after authorities in Dade County caught him weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed earlier in March. They eventually chased Walton and discharged a taser. However, Walton, according to the police report, removed the prongs and continued to run. Miami police found a small amount of marijuana and a legally purchased rifle in his abandoned vehicle.
Walton turned himself in to Miami-Dade county authorities on April 6th and it all but sealed his fate with Cincinnati.
That’s because, it’s not only time Walton has been in trouble, since last season ended.
As we had also written in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know at his condo building, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage after Walton became angry in a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.
When the woman apparently attempted to record Walton threatening her by using her cell phone, Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.
The former Miami Hurricane was a 4th round pick of the Bengals a year ago who was active for 14 games but only carried the ball 14 times on the season for just 34 yards. He had an additional five catches for 41 yards on the year.
Walton is also awaiting a third different trial on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from January, as well.
Walton spoke to the media after practice and Safid Deen of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel captured these comments about his second chance this weekend:
— Safid Deen 💯💯💯💯 (@Safid_Deen) May 11, 2019
The Dolphins already have a lot of young depth at running back with incumbent part time starter Kenyan Drake returning. Plus, they have former Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage entering year two, and just drafted Washington RB Myles Gaskin in the 7th round last month.
And finally, besides the depth in the Miami backfield, Walton is obviously looking at NFL discipline for violating the personal conduct policy. He could be facing at least a game or two suspension or maybe even more, this season.
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