Lance Louis, a former seventh-round pick of the Bears, developed into a solid starter.
"I just felt like I needed a fresh start," Louis told the Sun-Times. "I went up there and met with those guys, and they really wanted me, and I clicked with the coaches.
"I just felt like they really wanted me to be there."
Louis signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins Wednesday. While he wasn't sure of the terms, he said the Dolphins offer was more than what the Bears offered him.
"Nothing toward those guys, but I felt I needed to start somewhere else," Louis said. "The decision was cool."
Louis said he isn't sure where the Dolphins want him to play, only that they made it clear they liked the way he played and wanted him on the roster.
"Whatever they want me at, that's what I'm going to try my best for them," he said.
Louis said he's rehabbing and feeling good. He's started jogging on what he described as a special treadmill.
He's still aiming to be ready for training camp.
"It's definitely exciting," Louis said of heading to the Dolphins. "I'm really looking forward to it. It's another journey in my life."