Rusty Gadsden re-signed by Dolphins

Updated: November 19, 2003, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- Desperate to upgrade their receiving corps, the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday re-signed Oronde Gadsden, who last played more than a year ago.

Gadsden has 223 career receptions, all with Miami. But at age 32, he's unsure how much he has left.

"I haven't caught a pass in 20 games," he said. "That's a lot. It remains to be seen what I can still do."

Gadsden has been out since dislocating his left foot in training camp in early August. Under terms of an injury settlement he and the team reached when he was released in September, he could not re-sign with the Dolphins before last week.

The Dolphins gave Gadsden a one-year contract because his replacement, Derrius Thompson, has totaled just 15 receptions with no touchdowns in 10 games. Miami ranks 27th among 32 NFL teams in passing yardage.

The sure-handed Gadsden worked out this year with other clubs, including Detroit and Arizona, but did not receive any contract offers.

"I was optimistic I was going to play again," Gadsden said. "But here? I didn't know. And it's already week 11. The season was starting to get a little long in the tooth."

The 6-foot-2 Gadsden said he has been working out, and he reported at 217 pounds.

"He's thinner now than he's probably been in the last five years," coach Dave Wannstedt said after Gadsden took part in Wednesday's practice. "He's in really good shape."

Thompson will start Sunday against Washington, with Gadsden unlikely to be activated before the Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas at the earliest.

Gadsden originally signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1998. He has averaged 14.4 yards per catch and scored 22 touchdowns, but he hasn't played since Oct. 13, 2002.

"We signed Oronde back because we felt he could add some experience to our receiver position," Wannstedt said.

To make room for Gadsden on the roster, the Dolphins waived cornerback Alphonso Roundtree.

Also Wednesday, the team released tight end Dwayne Blakley off the practice squad and signed center Ben Claxton.

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