Miami Dolphins

This ex-Browns wide receiver with local roots latest free agent to join the Dolphins

Ricardo Louis is coming home.

The wide receiver from Miami Beach who missed the entire 2018 NFL season with a neck injury is signing a one-year deal with the Dolphins.

Louis is available because the Browns cut him last week.

The former fourth-round pick out of Auburn has caught 45 passes for 562 yards since entering the league in 2016. He appeared in all 16 games for the Browns in 2017, injuring his neck late in the season. The issue did not heal on its own, and Browns doctors deemed surgery was necessary last summer.

Louis joins an already crowded wide receiver room, and will presumably compete with Brice Butler and Isaiah Ford for the No. 5 spot on the team. It’s also possible the Dolphins keep six receivers.

Barring injury or a trade, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant all seem to be locked into roster spots, making receiver on paper the deepest position on the team.

The Dolphins have been granted the rights to Brazilian defensive tackle Durval Queiroz Neto, a former judo champion who played football in his home country the past two seasons.

Queiroz confirmed the news on Instagram, writing in Portuguese: “Believe in your dreams, even if they may seem stupid, you are a giant by nature. Today we made history and who is next? It could be you.”

The league announced in late 2018 that Queiroz was one of seven international players competing for a spot in the International Player Pathway Program, training in Florida the past few months.

Assuming he makes it through training camp, Queiroz will be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption, giving the Dolphins an 11th practice squad player in 2019. However, he would be ineligible for promotion to the active roster this year if he begins the season on the developmental squad.

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