The Miami Dolphins have, rather graciously, extended a lifeline to a troubled former first-round pick. Former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette, who was released by the team earlier this season after posting a disturbing video in which he was brandishing weapons and making threats, has been signed to Miami's practice squad, per Cameron Wolfe.
Dolphins have signed former Raiders 2020 first-round pick CB Damon Arnette to practice squad. @DavidFurones_ first.
He was cut by LV after multiple off-field incidents including posting a video with a gun making a threat. Gets another chance. He was at MIA practice Wednesday.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) December 15, 2021
For those unfamiliar, Arnette was cut by the Raiders back in early November. Miami's newly-acquired second-year cornerback had been sued by a woman accusing him of leaving her with multiple injuries from a prior hit and run incident. Additionally, he faced a lawsuit from a casino employee in Las Vegas after an alleged altercation.
The tipping point for his tenure in Las Vegas, however, was the video that surfaced in which Arnette was seen brandishing weapons and threatening someone. These were no ordinary weapons, either, as Arnette was wielding wildly tricked-out guns with loads of attachments.
Raiders CB Damon Arnette posts video waving guns around, threatening to kill someone.
What the hell is wrong with the Las Vegas Raiders? 😳 https://t.co/Q49tNWrG1N
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 6, 2021
Despite the nature of his off-field issues and being excused by the Raiders, the Dolphins felt Arnette deserved another chance in the league, and have added him to the practice squad to provide some depth for the defense.
Arnette was drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders out of Ohio State. Across his career, Arnette has featured in 13 games, starting seven. He's recorded 29 tackles, three pass breakups, and one tackle for loss. He last featured in a game during the Raiders' Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, just over a month before his release from the organization. The Dolphins are hopeful he can put his off-field issues in the past now that he's in Miami.