Former Indiana Star RB Jordan Howard Signs With Dolphins

Tom Brew

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jordan Howard has a new home in the NFL as the former Indiana running back agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

Howard has spent time with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles during his four years in the NFL. He's projected to be the Dolphins' starting running back for now, but they also may look to add depth and help on third down during the NFL Draft, which is still scheduled for April 23-25.

Howard spent three years with the Chicago Bears and averaged 1,130 rushing per season. He spent last year with the Philadelphia Eagles and gained 525 yards.

He was exceptional during his time at Indiana. He came to the Hoosiers in 2015, transferring from UAB after its football program was shut down temporarily. In his one season with the Hoosiers in 2015, he gained 1,213 yards on just 196 carries and scored nine touchdowns. 

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It was a bit of a surprise that Howard dropped all the way to the fifth round in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the Bears were happy to have him and they put him to work right away. He was a workhorse, only coming out on third down now and then because he wasn't a great pass catcher.

That may be the situation in Miami as well, where Howard should see a lot of work on first and second down with a Dolphins team that is one the rise in the AFC East.

Howard's signing was met with mostly positive reviews in South Florida.

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