Knowshon Moreno signs with Miami Dolphins

DENVER - Former Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported on the deal Thursday afternoon, citing a league source. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Moreno, a Broncos first-round pick in 2010, had his best season this past year.  He rushed for 1,038 yards with 10 touchdowns playing with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He also had 60 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns.

He ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,586 yards from scrimmage, and tied for fourth with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Denver made Moreno the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft after he played at Georgia. He has career rushing totals of 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Moreno became a social media sensation when he cried during the national anthem before a game in December. He has been slowed by injuries and has played in all 16 games just twice in his career.

The Broncos had previously expressed interest in possibly re-signing some of the team's free agents, including Moreno. But apparently that door is now closed.

Some of the Broncos free agents who have not yet signed new contracts include Robert Ayers, Champ Bailey, Quentin Jammer and Mike Adams.

Montee Ball, a rookie last year, will likely take up the starting position Moreno vacated. 

"Broncos believe in RB Montee Ball. With Knowshon Moreno off to Miami, Ball's time to shine," Schefter tweeted.

The Dolphins hope Moreno can enliven a ground game that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were the Dolphins' primary ball carriers last season, and both remain on the roster. Moreno has a career average of 4.1 yards per carry, compared to 4.2 for Miller and 3.6 for Thomas.

The Dolphins' offensive line has been a big reason for their sputtering ground game. The unit also gave up a franchise-record 58 sacks and was rocked by the team's bullying scandal last year.

Center Mike Pouncey is the lone holdover in the line, and while the Dolphins added left tackle Branden Albert, they're still shopping for upgrades at guard and right tackle.

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