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Dolphins sign Griff Whalen

Griff Whalen, Colt Anderson, James White

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Griff Whalen (17) watches as Indianapolis Colts free safety Colt Anderson (32) is tackled New England Patriots running back James White (28) on a punt in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


If the Dolphins were thinking about installing a play that sends nine guys to one sideline while having a wide receiver snap to a safety instead of punting on a fourth down, they now have someone on hand to tell them that it might not be such a hot idea.

The Dolphins announced Friday that they have signed former Colts wide receiver Griff Whalen as a free agent. Whalen was the snapper when the Colts ran the aforementioned play during a loss to the Patriots during the 2015 regular season.

The play failed miserably when Whalen snapped to Colt Anderson and the Patriots immediately swarmed him for a loss. The Colts’ decision sparked gifs, memes and laughter and seemed like a step toward coach Chuck Pagano’s departure at the end of the season, although things obviously didn’t wind up playing out that way.

Whalen didn’t make it to the end of the season with the Colts as they waived him off of injured reserve a couple of days before the final game of the year. Whalen had 19 catches in 14 games before his departure from Indianapolis and has 45 catches for 487 overall in 33 games over the last three years.

Whalen and Matt Hazel will likely compete for roles down the depth chart at receiver in Miami. His experience as a snapper is unlikely to be a factor.