Aaron Dobson, a former standout wide receiver at both South Charleston High and Marshall University, has a new NFL address.
The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that it has signed Dobson to a contract. The Cardinals also announced the signing of Canadian Football League punter Richie Leone.
Dobson was a 2013 second-round pick of the New England Patriots and spent three seasons with the team, which included two stints on injured reserve. In those three seasons, he totaled 53 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns. His best season was his rookie year, a 37-catch, 519-yard, four-touchdown effort. The Patriots released Dobson in 2016 as part of final roster cuts.
He had a pair of short stints with the Detroit Lions in 2016, signing on Sept. 21 and getting released on Sept. 24, then signing again on Sept. 27 and getting released on Oct. 8.
The Cardinals receiving corps is in flux. Larry Fitzgerald still must decide whether he wants to return for 2017. Jaron Brown is returning from an anterior cruciate ligament tear and John Brown is still trying to manage his sickle-cell issue. Arizona does have J.J. Nelson, a former UAB standout who caught 34 passes for 568 yards and six scores this season.
Dobson still sits 10th in the Marshall record books for career receiving yards (2,398) and tied with Troy Brown for sixth in career touchdown catches (24).