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Miami announced the signing of 12 free agent players for the 2017 season.

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The Miami Dolphins have announced the signing of 12 players to reserve/futures contracts. Futures contracts are signed for the upcoming season, in this case 2017, and are available only for players who were not under contract when the regular season ended. In other words, these are players who either were not signed by a team or were on a practice squad.

The 12 players signed by Miami were linebacker Lamin Barrow, cornerback Daniel Davie, tackle Jesse Davis, quarterback Brandon Doughty, running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Deon Lacey, defensive end Arthur Miley, tight end Chris Pantale, running back Senorise Perry, tackle Terry Poole, defensive end Julius Warmsley and linebacker Brandon Watts.

Barrow was waived during the 2016 season by the Chicago Bears and was signed to the Dolphins practice squad in December. He played in all 16 games for Chicago in 2015 and in all 16 games, plus a playoff game, in 2014 with the Denver Broncos. He has 14 special teams in his career and one defensive tackle. He was the Broncos’ fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Davie was an undrafted free agent this offseason, initially signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He was waived by the team during training camp, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who put in a waiver claim on him. He was the waived again at the end of August.

Doughty started the 2016 season on the Dolphins’ active roster, but was waived in the middle of September and spent the remainder of the season on the team’s practice squad. He was the team’s seventh-round draft choice in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Johnson joined Miami’s practice squad in November after spending training camp with the Buccaneers. He was initially a seventh-round draft choice in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in six games in his rookie season, recording 29 carries for 86 yards with two touchdowns.

Lacey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, but was waived after training camp. He then joined the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, where he played in the 2014 through 2016 seasons, recording 114 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions, and four forced fumbles, along with 68 special teams tackles, in 54 games played.

Miley signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2015, but was placed on injured reserve for the tear. He returned to the Panthers in 2016, taking part in training camp and the preseason, before being waived before the start of the regular season.

Pantale was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of the 2016 preseason after having spent 2015 on the team’s practice squad. Prior to joining Philadelphia, he spent part of the 2015 preseason with the Chicago Bears. He was initially signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2013, spending time on the team’s practice squad and active roster over the span of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, recording one kickoff return for 24 yards in five games played.

Perry spend most of the 2016 season on the Dolphins’ practice squad after two years and the 2016 training camp with the Bears. He played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2014, having signed as an undrafted free agent with Chicago, recording four kickoff returns for a 22.0-yards-per-return average and 10 special teams tackles, as well as one reception for a one-yard loss. He was on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season.

Poole spend the majority of the 2016 season on Miami’s practice squad after being released from the Seattle Seahawks’ injured reserve list in early October. He spent the 2015 season on the Seahawks’ practice squad after being selected in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft that year.

Warmsley began the 2016 season on the Dolphins’ active roster, appearing in five games and recording eight tackles with one quarterback his. He was waived near the end of October, then re-signed to the team’s practice squad where he remained for the rest of the season. He spend portions of the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the Seahawks’ practice squad after initially signing as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2014.

Watts spent the 2016 season on Miami’s practice squad after being waived at the end of the preseason by the Minnesota Vikings. He played for the Vikings in 2014 and 2015, appearing in nine games and recording four defensive tackles, one forced fumble, and four special teams tackles. He was Minnesota’s seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.