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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fins wanted to add return specialist Justin Miller


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Miami Dolphins put in a waiver claim for cornerback and former Pro Bowl return man Justin Miller, but he was awarded to the Oakland Raiders because of their inferior record.

The New York Jets waived Miller on Tuesday to clear room on their roster for cornerback Ty Law. The Denver Broncos also tried to claim him. The New England Patriots, amid suspicions they might for gamesmanship purposes, did not.

The Dolphins had courted Law as well, but that was to be a defensive back. They likely were after Miller's return services.

Miller isn't known for his coverage skills. He was a second-round draft choice in 2005, but of his 35 NFL games, only 13 were starts. He played two games last year because of a knee injury and got into only one game this year.

Two seasons ago, Miller averaged 28.3 yards per kick return and brought back two for touchdowns and went to the Pro Bowl. He averaged 26.3 yards and scored a touchdown his rookie year.

Undrafted rookie Davone Bess is Miami's top kick returner with a 22.2-yard average on 14 tries. His longest return is 32 yards.

Ted Ginn, drafted ninth overall last year partly because of his return skills, is averaging 21.6 yards on a dozen attempts. Ginn's longest return is 41 yards.