The Miami Dolphins are quickly becoming known as Lion poachers, as for the second time this off-season and third time in the the last two, they have plucked a player off the Lions roster. It was announced today that receiver/returner Ryan Grice-Mullen will join teammate Rolly Lumbala in Miami this year. Both will be reuniting with former Lions star Cam Wake. Both will have to make the roster, but barring an early cut, the Lions will be without their services at training camp and to start the season.
Grice-Mullen started the season at wide receiver for the team, but was in and out of the lineup with inconsistent play. He really started to develop as a kick returner in the second half of the season, and that skill-set was no doubt what attracted the Dolphins to take a look.
Grice-Mullen joined the Lions during the 2008 season, and only played in a few games, before assuming a bigger role this year with the departure of Jason Clermont and the move of Paris Jackson to the slot.
Grice Mullen had 20 receptions for 210 yards and a 10.5 yard average last season, while contributing 43 punt returns for411 yards and a 9.6 yard average and 47 kick returns for 1099 yards, and a 23.4 yard average. His longest kick return was 73 yards. Lowell Ullrich of The Province reports that Grice-Mullen and Lumballa both received minimal signing bonuses which would make them easy cuts. But so did Stefan Logan last year who went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and set a team record for returns in the process.