Welcome back linebacker Austin Spitler. The Miami Dolphins have announced that they re-signed their former linebacker after releasing him in the preseason. Spitler originally joined the Dolphins as a seventh round pick in the 2010 draft.
He's been primarily utilized as a special teams player in his three seasons with Miami, although he has made appearances as a reserve linebacker. He was set to make a little over $1 million this season before he was released. No details on the terms of his new contract have been disclosed.
According to Jesse Agler, Spitler will be wearing number 45. He previously had been number 53, which rookie linebacker Jelani Jenkins now wears.
The Dolphins have roster space for Spitler following the waiving of safety Kelcie McCray and fullback Tyler Clutts yesterday. No word yet on who will fill the other roster slot, bringing Miami back up to the full 53-man roster compliment.