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Dolphins' Mark Walton Reaches Plea Deal for 3 Cases, Won't Serve More Jail Time

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2019

DAVIE, FL - JULY 26: Mark Walton #9 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during the Miami Dolphins Training Camp at the Miami Dolphins training facility on July 26, 2019 in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton reached a global plea agreement for his three 2019 arrests and won't serve additional jail time, according to Charles Trainor Jr. of the Miami Herald.

Per that report, Walton pleaded no contest to felony gun possession, which was reduced to a second-degree misdemeanor of open carrying of a weapon. He also pleaded guilty to reckless driving and resisting arrest without violence.

Additionally, Walton had two misdemeanor marijuana charges and a misdemeanor battery charge dismissed. While he won't face jail time, he will have to undergo six months of non-reporting administrative probation.

Walton, 22, was a fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2018 draft. He rushed just 14 times for 34 yards and was released by the Bengals in April. 

"It's important for our team to get off to a fresh start as we begin the 2019 season," head coach Zac Taylor said after Walton's release, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He then signed with the Dolphins in May despite his three arrests.

"I think people deserve a second chance," Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said after the team gave Walton a workout, per Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. "I believe that. I think that's the case. I don't want to judge people based on one incident. Two incidents. I think it's a case by case situation for a player and for people in general. That's kind of my stance."

He has impressed on the field for the Dolphins this preseason:

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Touchdown! Mark Walton! 🙌 📺 » @CBSMiami #ATLvsMIA #FinsUp https://t.co/0rrTabuUZH

Omar Kelly @OmarKelly

Mark Walton is really dangerous with the ball in his hands. He moves at a different speed than everyone else.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Mark Walton looks to be a really, really good #3 NFL RB for Miami Dolphins

It is possible, however, that a suspension from the NFL could be pending given his arrest record.