Clemons Coming Back To Familiar Surroundings

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Former fifth-round pick is coming off his best season.

As soon as the 2012 season ended and safety Chris Clemons knew he could become an unrestricted free agent, he let it be known that he wanted to return to the Miami Dolphins. His wish has been granted.

Clemons was back in front of his locker at the team’s training facility in Davie this morning before heading into a press conference with the South Florida media. The fact that he was there to talk about sticking around after a period of uncertainty made things easier for him.

“It was great news for me because I didn’t want to be out there waiting around,” said Clemons, who had 99 tackles (72 solo), two interceptions and one fumble recovery last season. “It was kind of nerve-racking not knowing where you’re going to be at and that’s why I’m glad to be here because it’s home.”

The chemistry that Clemons has built with safety Reshad Jones also encouraged him to do whatever it took to re-sign and he said they’re getting better and better as a tandem in the secondary.

His signing, along with that of wide receiver Mike Wallace yesterday, last week’s re-signing of wide receiver Brian Hartline, quarterback Matt Moore and the return of defensive tackle Randy Stacks with the franchise tag, gives Clemons more motivation. He likes the direction things are going now.

“I know whatever the coaching staff is doing right now I know it’s going to be great for the team and the future,” Clemons said. “Last year I thought we were a playoff team, too, and we’ve definitely made some changes so I definitely believe we’re a playoff team.”

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