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Miami Dolphins sign receiver Damian Williams

 

bjackson@miamiherald.com

The Dolphins signed Tennessee Titans receiver Damian Williams to a one-year, $800,000 contract on Thursday, giving them insurance as Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns work their way back from knee injuries.

Williams, a third-round pick in 2010 out of Southern California, started 17 games in four seasons for the Titans and had had 106 receptions for 1313 yards and five touchdowns.

Williams caught 45 passes for 592 yards and five TDs in 2011, starting 11 games. But his playing time fell off the past two seasons.

He had 30 catches for 324 yards in 2012, and 15 receptions for 178 yards last season, with only one start.

Williams could end up competing with Binns for the No. 5 receiver job, behind Mike Wallace, Hartline, Gibson and Rishard Matthews.

Kevin Cone, Mike Rios and Ryan Spadola are also under contract at receiver.

The Dolphins have said they expect Hartline, Gibson and Binns to be ready for the start of the season.

Williams also can return kickoffs. He averaged 24 yards on five returns last season.

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