After a frustrating two years with the 49ers, former Oregon running back LaMichael James has his chance at a fresh start, signing with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday.
After being released by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month, LaMichael James has found a new home. The former second round pick out of Oregon was signed by the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday afternoon. James’ agent, Jeff Sperbeck, shared the good news on Twitter.
Congrats to @LaMichaelJames for joining the @MiamiDolphins He knows the offense well. Great fit.
— Jeff Sperbeck (@jeffsperbeck) September 30, 2014
During his two seasons (plus one game in 2014) with the 49ers, James carried the ball just 41 times for 184 yards. He didn’t even see the field during his rookie year until December. After another frustrating game this year when he had just two carries, James said enough was enough and requested a release from San Francisco. James was burried on San Francisco’s depth chart behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde.
James will now compete for playing time with Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno. This season, Miller has 49 carries for 277 yards and two touchdowns while Moreno has 25 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown. Damien Williams, a rookie out of Oklahoma, is also in the mix but sits deeper on Miami’s depth chart behind Miller and Moreno. It’ll be interesting to see how Miami utilizes James and where he fits on their depth chart.
James will surely be motivated to be with a new team and out of the disastrous situation in San Francisco. Some questioned his maturity in regards to handling the lack of playing time, but every man has his tipping point and in a league where running backs have such a short shelf life, it’s hard to blame James for wanting out of San Francisco.