Dolphins coach Brian Flores says “Miami’s own” Allen Hurns needs to compete for his job
The Dolphins’ deepest position got even deeper Friday morning when Miami signed veteran receiver Allen Hurns to a one-year contract.
The deal could be worth as much as $3 million, according to the source.
“It’s always good being back home,” Hurns — who attended the University of Miami and Carol City High — said after a practice session in which he participated in some individual drills, rode a stationary bicycle and observed. “It’s a blessing, being able to come back, I played here for college, so playing here professionally, I’ll love to see how that goes.”
Hurns, who went undrafted out of UM in 2014, was released by the Cowboys this week — 16 months after signing a two-year, $12 million contract.
Hurns sustained a broken left ankle in Dallas’ wild-card playoff win against Seattle in January, but the Dolphins deemed him fully healthy when working him out Thursday.
He participated in the Cowboys’ offseason program and said Friday that he’s fully back from the injury. Dallas wanted to keep him at a lower salary than the $4 million he was due to earn, but Hurns instead asked for his release.
“Ideally it would happen earlier for me, but I’m just glad it happened,” he said. “It got to a point where it was a mutual thing. My main thing once I got released was finding a good opportunity. I feel there’s a good opportunity here. Once I found out that we wanted to go separate ways, my main thing was just finding my next destination. I wasn’t stressed or anything. I don’t let too many things bring me down.”
He caught a career-low 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns last season — largely a byproduct of his role diminishing after Dallas acquired Amari Cooper from Oakland in October. He played a career-low 454 snaps last season.
Hurns, 27, spent his first four NFL seasons with Jacksonville, catching 189 passes for 2,669 yards and 21 touchdowns. His best season was his second year, 2015, when he caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He has started 49 of 68 games in his career. He does his best work in the slot.
In his four seasons at UM, Hurns caught 121 passes for 1,891 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Hurns, who was a Falcons fan growing up, said he’s not still limited at all from the ankle injury, which he called “disgusting to see. Just seeing my foot facing the other way, that kind of freaked me out, but I saw it in college with one of my other teammates, that was [previously with the Dolphins] Malcolm Lewis, so I know that it was going to be a lot of work to get back. I’m blessed; it’s crazy how the body heals.”
Barring a trade of another player, the 6-3 Hurns figures to join DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant on the 53-man roster, with Brice Butler and undrafted rookies Preston Williams and Trenton Irwin among those competing for a potential sixth receiver job.
Butler and Hurns are close, having played together in Dallas, and Butler introduced him to reporters after Friday’s practice.
“It will be a lot of good competition,” Hurns said. “There’s a lot of guys who do a lot of good things.”
Wilson, who is still recovering from a significant hip injury sustained midway through last season, got a planned day off from practice Friday.
The Dolphins signed Hurns to “bring in competition, [a guy] who we think is a good player that embodies a lot of the characteristics” the team is looking for, coach Brian Flores said.
Before the signing, Flores told Hurns “if you’re not ready to compete for a position, this isn’t the place for you.”