Jason Fox agrees to one-year deal with Dolphins
APR 02, 2014 2:04p ET
But he couldn't do that.
Fox was injured throughout his four years with the Lions, a big factor in why the team didn't re-sign him when he became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Fox, 25, ended up agreeing to a one-year deal Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.
I'd like to thank the Detroit Lions organization for the last 4 years. But happy to announce I'm a Miami Dolphin!— Jason Fox (@JasonFox70) April 2, 2014
A fourth-round draft pick by Detroit in 2010, Fox won the starting job at right tackle coming out of training camp last season.
But his time with the Lions was summed up when he sustained a groin injury in the opening game and missed the next three weeks.
In four years, Fox appeared in only 12 games, including three starts. A knee injury suffered in college at the University of Miami (Fla.) lingered into his rookie year in the NFL. Fox's progress also was slowed by a broken foot in 2011, along with other nagging injuries.
He was one of those players who it came down to availability more than ability.
Fox eventually became expendable for the Lions with the emergence of LaAdrian Waddle, an undrafted free agent who started eight games as a rookie.