The rumor bouncing around the NFL Friday was that the Dolphins wanted to trade Steve Slaton for Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong.
Turns out, they didn’t need to.
The Dolphins claimed Armstrong Saturday, bringing one-time Miami practice squad player back to town.
Armstrong broke the news on Twitter, writing a simple message: “#phinsup.”
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To that, once and future teammate Brian Hartline responded: “Welcome back.”
In turn, the Dolphins apparently released Slaton, the veteran running back, to make room.
“Enjoyed my time here, been a pleasure. Much success to my boys,” Slaton wrote.
Also cut, the Herald has learned: Tyrone Culver, the sixth-year safety who has spent the last three in Miami, and first-year linebacker Jonathan Freeny.
Culver’s release is a bit of a surprise, as he started four games for the Dolphins last year. Freeny could return to the team soon, either on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.
Armstrong caught 44 passes for 871 yards in 2010, but saw his production fall off last year, tallying just seven catches. Even though he’s 29 years old, Armstrong only has two years of NFL experience, making him available on the waiver wire, and not free agency.
Armstrong’s arrival appears to bring the number of new Dolphins to four.
Earlier in the day, the Dolphins claimed R.J. Stanford, a cornerback released by the Carolina Panthers, agent David Canter announced.
Also, Safety Troy Nolan had been plucked up by the Dolphins, the Miami Herald has confirmed. Linebacker Sammy Brown, formerly of the Rams, has also been added via waivers.
Nolan, 25, has played in 30 games the last two years, starting six. He has three career interceptions. Brown, a 6-foot-2, 242-pounder, is an undrafted rookie out of Houston.
Stanford, 24, played in 12 games last year, tallying 13 tackles and logging an interception. He bolsters a secondary that had just three corners at the start of business Saturday.
"Thanks Miami for the warm welcome,” Stanford tweeted. “I'm excited to be a Dolphin. Now let's go to work!”
Stanford becomes the fifth Utah Ute on the team, joining Sean Smith, Derrick Shelby, Koa Misi and Paul Soliai.
Meanwhile, a number of Dolphins players released Friday have found new homes. The Jets reportedly picked up Isaako Aaitui and Clyde Gates.
Also, the Eagles claimed wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.