Former Vikings Safety Signs with the Dolphins

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason (41) runs while Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Most of the training camps throughout the NFL have been taking place for about a week now, and teams have continued to learn more about their rosters heading into the 2023 season.

On Wednesday, the Vikings made a signing to bring in offensive tackle Christian DiLauro, but they aren’t the only ones making moves. When Thursday morning rolled around a report surfaced that a former Vikings safety would be sigining with the Miami Dolphins.

That former Viking is Myles Dorn, who spent the 2020, 2021, and 2022 seasons in Minnesota. The report was made by Aaron Wilson of KPRC2. Wilson tweeted, “Dolphins signed safety Myles Dorn and linebacker Mike Rose.”

Former Vikings Safety
Dec 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) knocks the football out of the hand of Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) causing a fumble during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Dorn, a North Carolina native, played his college ball for Tar Heels, following in the steps of his father. Torin Dorn was a running back and defensive back at UNC from 1986-89. He then went on to play six years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. He would play in 84 NFL games and make three starts over his six seaons.

The second-generation Tar Heel, Myles, spent four years in the North Carolina program from 2016-19, playing a grand total of 43 games at safety. In all, Dorn recorded 240 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 6 interceptions.

Dorn went undrafted in 2020 and caught on with the Vikings for training camp. However, the team would waive him with an injury designation in September and he missed the entirety of his rookie season.

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (32) runs while Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) defends during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

2021 went smoother for the safety as he once again went through camp with the Vikings and managed to stay healthy this time around. He didn’t make the final roster, but he was added to Minnesota’s practice squad and appeared in nine games for the team, playing 140 special teams snaps throughout the season. He made three tackles.

It was a similar story in 2022, once again landing on Minnesota’s practice squad as a special teams guy. He played five games for Kevin O’Connell’s Vikings and recorded a pair of tackles.

Following the conclusion of the season, Dorn hit free agency again, and he was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a reserve/future contract. That stint would be short-lived, though, as Carolina released him again at the end of June.

Aug 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn (46) and defensive back Kris Boyd (29) talk before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Now, Dorn heads to the AFC, hoping to make an impact for the Miami Dolphins. His best bet is once again carving out a role for himself on the special teams, and he joins a safety group in Miami that includes DeShon Elliott, Jevon Holland, Brandon Jones, Verone McKinley, and Elijah Campbell.

The Vikings will not play Miami this season, but Minnesota defeated them by a score 24-16 in their Week 6 meeting during the 2022 season. The Dolphins will open their 2023 campaign on September 10th, traveling to Los Angeles and taking on the Chargers.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.