Dolphins bring back Larry Johnson


Dolphins bring back Larry Johnson

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran

The Dolphins are bringing back Larry Johnson just five days after letting him go. The one-time Kansas City superstar was released Saturday in the Dolphins' final cutdowns. An injury to rookie running back Daniel Thomas forced Miami to reel him back in. You know it could be short term but you also realize it doesnt have to be, Johnson told Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald. It all depends on what you can do. If I go out there on Monday Night and show out, that opens more eyes not just in Miami but everywhere else.Johnsonrushed 10 times for 39 yards and a 22-yard touchdown against the Cowboys during preseason. I was still riding high from my performance against the Cowboys, Johnson said. I knew if they just watched the tape, they would believe I have more left in the tank than they thought.Reggie Bush still figures to get the bulk of the carries for Miami on Monday night against the Patriots. But the hard-running Johnson provides an interesting option.

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Report: Butler expected to be at OTAs this week


Report: Butler expected to be at OTAs this week

When Patriots corner Malcolm Butler wasn't on the field for last Thursday's OTA, it sparked questions as to whether or not he might be holding out for a new contract. Voted into the Pro Bowl last season, Butler is scheduled to make $600,000 in base salary in 2016 -- well under market value for a player of his caliber. 

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported over the weekend that Butler has told those close to him that he has plans to push for a contract adjustment this offseason.

Might that push include a holdout? It's unclear, but on Tuesday Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that Butler is expected to be in attendance for Patriots OTAs this week. Howe went on to note that he was given "a strong indication" that Butler's absence last week was not related to his contract.

The Patriots will hold two more volunatry OTA sessions on Wednesday and Thursday that will be closed to the media. The team held three such sessions last week, with Thursday's as the lone practice open to reporters. Mandatory minicamp will be held from June 7-9. 

If Butler shows up to remaining OTAs and through minicamp, then it will be an indication that he's chosen not to attempt to gain leverage in negotiations by withholding his services. Yet at the same time, his presence on the field won't necessarily mean that he's be satisfied to continue playing under the deal that he has thoroughly outperformed through his first two professional seasons.