The NFL Free Agency period is continuing, and several former Miami Dolphins players are catching on with new teams. Over the past couple of days, punter Donnie Jones and wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. both signed on with new clubs, while quarterback Pat White appears to have a workout coming up as he tries to get back into the league.
Jones, who played for the Dolphins in 2005 and 2006, joined the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Jones has kicked for four teams over his nine year career, including spending the 2012 season with the Houston Texans. He is the league's fifth ranked punter in gross (45.6) and net (39.0) punting averages. He's been a Second Team All Pro selection twice, both with the St. Louis Rams during his five years there. He was originally a seventh round pick in 2004 with the Seattle Seahawks, where he played one season.
Ginn moves from the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent three years primarily as a kick returner to the Carolina Panthers. He spent three seasons with the Dolphins, after the team selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2007. With the Dolphins, Ginn caught 128 passes for 1,664 years and five touchdowns, with 16 rushing attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 36 punts, one for a touchdown, and 147 kicks with two scores.
Finally, White appears to be advancing in his effort to return to the NFL. The Dolphins used the 44th pick on White in the 2009 draft, hoping to turn him into a running quarterback and helmsman of the Wildcat formation. White lasted one season in the NFL, gaining 81 yards on 21 rushes during his career, and going 0-5 as a passer. After the Dolphins cut him at the end of the 2010 preseason, White signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, went to the Fall Instructional league, then "retired" from baseball. He returned to football with a brief stint in the UFL, but was cut in September 2011. Since then, White has simply disappeared, before showing up at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, hoping to catch a team's eye.
White also participated in West Virginia's Pro Day this year, trying to show he still has something to offer the NFL. Apparently, it was a performance good enough that the 49ers called him and asked him to come for a try out with the team. No date has been set, but White is excited about his opportunity to get back into the league. Especially if he can land with a team that is running a read-option type offense, which could work to White's strengths.
"I pay attention to how his players react to Coach Harbaugh," White told the USA Today on Sunday. "They all want to win for him. And he seems to treat them how they want to be treated. I'm excited to get to know him on that level -- if I do get that opportunity. I'm very optimistic about making it back to the NFL."