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Dolphins pick up Larry Johnson

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The Dolphins may have worked out Clinton Portis on Monday, but it doesn’t look like they’ll sign him.

Instead, they are going for another aging running back that we figured was probably done in the NFL. Miami announced the signing of former Chiefs and Redskins running back Larry Johnson.

Johnson’s star was bright enough that his signing in Washington last year actually made big news.  And then he was only healthy and effective enough to carry the ball five times for Washington.

Johnson turns 32 in November and three teams have given up on him in the last two seasons. It’s hard to imagine him making a big impact in Miami, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he didn’t make the team.

This may be a sign the team isn’t overly happy with rookie Daniel Thomas, who has been tentative around the goal line. The team also cut Kory Sheets Tuesday.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald joined PFT Live Monday and made it clear that Reggie Bush, not Thomas, has taken the primary running back role over in Miami.

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  1. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 23, 2011 10:02 AM

    Haha I bet these two hang out. Package deals only

  2. 6stairwayto7 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:02 AM

    The Dolphins suck

  3. drgfri says: Aug 23, 2011 10:04 AM

    I’d be psyched if this were 2004!

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 23, 2011 10:04 AM

    Taking his Diapers to South Beach

  5. kd75 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:05 AM

    *BANG* And that is the sound of Tiki Barber slamming his head against a wall.

  6. foradenverbroncotouchdown says: Aug 23, 2011 10:05 AM

    so reggie bush sucks that bad?

  7. vicktator says: Aug 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    henne and larry johnson… SUPERBOWL

  8. orakpownd says: Aug 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    Shouldve picked up Portis for blocking packages…he will lay the wood…I dont think he can actually “run” anymore…more like fall forward….

  9. jacunn2000 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:08 AM

    Wow, I am pretty sure there are going to be several rookies with a lot of promise very, very soon. Dallas has 2 guys that may not make the roster that have more potential the LJ. Who is running the Dolphins these days??? The mascot??

  10. ny82jy says: Aug 23, 2011 10:08 AM

    Hahahaha are you kidding?? Im now scared to death of the dolphins rushing attack.

  11. docredskin says: Aug 23, 2011 10:10 AM

    The misconception is that Portis is a wonderful blocker. Thing is, he is a WILLING blocker. He is done and would be pushed over the edge after the first blitz pickup.

  12. snowpea84 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:14 AM

    It sucks to be an NFL RB. By the time you’re really eligible for a new contract, your career is almsot over.

  13. tundey says: Aug 23, 2011 10:14 AM

    I think even Tiki Barber might be better than Larry at this point.

  14. shaunymac424 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:18 AM

    Why did they cut Sheets? They should’ve cut that bum Nic Grisby.

    I don’t expect LJ to make the squad.

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 23, 2011 10:19 AM

    They seriously just ‘exchanged’ Ricky Williams for Larry Johnson?

    Stupid.

  16. mwcarolina says: Aug 23, 2011 10:20 AM

    so reggie bush sucks that bad?
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    i dont think it’s Bush, it’s the rookie they drafted as the power back. he didnt look great in the goalline, but honestly, i would be surprised if Johnson stays in Miami for a full year. Bush will get alot of the carries (IF he stays healthy) this year or it seems that way.

  17. lacharger2112 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:20 AM

    Miami is going to scare nobody this season.

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:28 AM

    @ny82jy: i’m certainly something-to-death with the dolphins rushing attack…

  19. megabeast37215 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:29 AM

    Hahahaha… wow. Larry Johnson… seriously? What are they doing down there?

  20. davem23 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:32 AM

    They are just a Willie Parker short.

  21. lostsok says: Aug 23, 2011 10:38 AM

    Miami has been looking for a veteran #3 for several weeks. I don’t think this means anything at all in regards to Daniel Thomas or Reggie Bush. It speaks more towards Lex Hilliard and now-departed Kory Sheets, and the potential release of Lousaka Polite.

    Either way, LT is #3 on the depth chart, at best. Only his former status makes this even note-worthy.

  22. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 23, 2011 10:39 AM

    The Bengals had Johnson and he didnt do too bad…He actually had a few decent games…I honestly think he might have just a little something left…

  23. cdngatorfan says: Aug 23, 2011 10:41 AM

    Sparano: Hey Jeff, I’m not comfortable with our running back situation, Can we get someone to help out Reggie in the backfield?

    Ireland: I think we should get another Linebacker.

    Sparano: No, no you don’t understand. I need another running back. A real pounder like Larry Johnson used to be. I hear he’s available.

    Ireland: Can he play the Linebacker position?

    Sparano: sure. *sigh*

    Ireland: Good! let’s go get ‘em

  24. richkotitte says: Aug 23, 2011 10:41 AM

    G.R. “LJ is a VALUE pick in 18 team redraft FF leagues with 4 starting RB’s and 6 RB/WR Flex players with 11 or more bench slots in rounds 26 or later ( as a bye week fill in)”

  25. sufferingdolfan says: Aug 23, 2011 10:43 AM

    WHAT ABOUT KEVIN SMITH (FORMER LION AND UCF RUNNING BACK)??? WHY DOES NO ONE PICK HIM UP??????

  26. boswivel says: Aug 23, 2011 10:48 AM

    Breaking News! The Dolphins have also signed Moe and Curly Johnson.

  27. FinFan68 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    @lostsok
    Why would they release Polite? That guy is $ in the bank on 3rd/4th and 2 or less and as a lead blocker on the goalline. Of course, those are the only situations where he should be on the field. No more I-formation stuff on 1st down.

  28. breeshasasprole says: Aug 23, 2011 10:55 AM

    LJ better be ready for week 6… Thats when the Dolphin commentators will be saying “Down goes Reggie!!” I wish him well but history tells us three things about Reggie: Cant stay healthy, fumbles like crazy, and when its time for him to step up and be “the guy” he folds. Good Luck to Reggie, thanks for the memories!

  29. stevemo says: Aug 23, 2011 11:04 AM

    FinFan68 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    @lostsok
    Why would they release Polite? That guy is $ in the bank on 3rd/4th and 2 or less and as a lead blocker on the goalline. Of course, those are the only situations where he should be on the field. No more I-formation stuff on 1st down.
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    They’d release him because, well, he doesn’t play. Haven’t you noticed the lack of full-back in the preseason and camp? I wouldn’t be surprised if they got Johnson just to make up for the void on goal-line situations. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him cut in favor of someone elses cut either.

  30. ibeshane says: Aug 23, 2011 11:12 AM

    LJ may not produce that much when is comes to rushing yards, but perhaps he will be a good mentor to Thomas and even Bush. Just a “glass half full” perspective…

  31. unbiased8383 says: Aug 23, 2011 11:15 AM

    In unrelated news, the Redskins are working out Christian Okoye and Barry Word.

  32. billsjetsfan says: Aug 23, 2011 11:22 AM

    I don’t know what to think when the best running back on your roster is Reggie Rush :/

  33. shackdelrio says: Aug 23, 2011 11:29 AM

    How long until they pick up Greg Anthony, Stacy Augmon, Anderson Hunt and George Ackles?

  34. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 23, 2011 11:34 AM

    Calling bottom of the barrel, please pick up Mr. Johnson, you now have yet another opportunity to get cut.

  35. chazzmon says: Aug 23, 2011 11:39 AM

    I smell desperation and it smells like an old washed up RB. Now all they need is an old washed up QB to join him, I smell Brett Farve if Henne doesn’t step up soon.

  36. bradentonbuc says: Aug 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    Uh, didn’t they let 2 pretty good RB’s go?

  37. kissbillsrings says: Aug 23, 2011 11:54 AM

    picking up Tiki would have been the only thing to make this thread funnier

  38. usmutts says: Aug 23, 2011 11:58 AM

    Since when does some guy at the Miami Herold decide who’s going to be the primary running back for the Dolphins? If the coaches had such confidence they wouldn’t be persuing someone who’s actually willing to run between the tackles.

    I like Reggie Bush but he is not a primary running back in the NFL. And no one knows that better than Reggie. He’ll have a good year this year, unless he falls prey to his usual injuries and fumbelitis, but he will not be the big dog in the backfield.

  39. cliverush says: Aug 23, 2011 12:04 PM

    Dad, I want to be a running back and play in the NFL. No son, you are going to learn to kick the ball and have a long and healthy life.

  40. phins2000 says: Aug 23, 2011 12:13 PM

    Why is everyone commenting on this like he’s going to be the opening day starter? He’s a backup to the backup. Ignorance is bliss.

  41. lynnclarson says: Aug 23, 2011 12:22 PM

    I smell desperation and it smells like an old washed up RB. Now all they need is an old washed up QB to join him, I smell Brett Farve if Henne doesn’t step up soon.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

  42. rubicon202 says: Aug 23, 2011 12:39 PM

    Why?

  43. rajbais says: Aug 23, 2011 12:46 PM

    The guy was only good with Will Shields blocking for him!!!

    He couldn’t do well in Washington’s zone blocking scheme!!!

    LJ is a washup!!!

  44. FinFan68 says: Aug 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    Sheets>Johnson. Head-scratching move. There are/will be better RBs available after the cuts. Resigning Ronnie would have been ideal but they still had a shot at Ricky. Settling for Johnson makes no sense to me.

  45. capslockkey says: Aug 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    I don’t get the risk – reward in this signing. The risk is high (he’s a d-bag and locker room distraction) and the reward is low (he’s been washed up for 2 years now and was a one trick pony to begin with).

  46. steeelfann says: Aug 23, 2011 1:14 PM

    The main question would be if the Miami has enough bars with women in them, either working or as patrons, that can be vulnerable to him. If there are, it makes it a slam dunk destination spot for him.

  47. dolphins1121 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:16 PM

    Ok, let me explain this for all of you couch coaches who are too simple-minded to understand basic front office decision-making. Larry Johnson, if he stays on the team, will be getting goaline carries, and maybe 3rd and 1 calls. Why keep Ronnie or Ricky and pay them sooo much more money for that small role? Bush and Thomas are our future at that position. Maybe Thomas needs more time to develop? Who knows, we don’t see him practice every day, the coaches do. Obviously they are looking for a cheap insurance guy in case Thomas takes a little longer to develop. That’s all.

    And to everybody making wise cracks about the Dolphins being a sorry team, you have no clue what you are talking about. This is a team that had the 3rd best defense IN THE LEAGUE going into week 17 last year. It finished the season at 6th best. We have that same defense, plus our 1st round DE back who was out for the season last year. If you bothered to watch the offense last Friday, you would have seen how much potential it has with Bush and the new OC. Even if this offense is just average this year, that’s enough to make the playoffs when you have an elite defense.

  48. doe22us says: Aug 23, 2011 1:17 PM

    lol circa 2004

  49. skleech22 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:19 PM

    @stairwayto 7
    The Dolphins beat the Packers and your STILLERS back to back weeks last season,if it wasn’t for that bogus call from that ref from PITTSBURGH!! Secondly,that game and Steve Johnson catches that ball in Buffalo,your STILLERS would have been playin golf with the Dolphins!

  50. akulabug says: Aug 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    I have no idea how this makes since in Miami. Take a look at some young free agents that have some upside and get out of the past.

  51. frankdatank23 says: Aug 23, 2011 2:01 PM

    yes thats right morons, the dolphins are going to just hinge their offense on larry johnson, the savior !!!!

    why else would they sign a 32 year old running back unless they think hes the guy to carry the load…..

    people blame the media for blowing everything out of proportion, but its the feeble minded audience that drives the nonsense.

  52. frankdatank23 says: Aug 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    and to the clueless person who said kory sheets is better…….. please do elaborate on what you know about kory sheets? Who’s career is probably now over.

  53. dudeustupid says: Aug 23, 2011 2:12 PM

    ibeshane says:

    Aug 23, 2011 11:12 AM

    LJ may not produce that much when is comes to rushing yards, but perhaps he will be a good mentor to Thomas and even Bush. Just a “glass half full” perspective…

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    LJ would be a good mentor…if you want your other rb’s to learn how to properly beat up women

  54. oldhamletman says: Aug 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    Before Lockout:
    - serious QB problem
    - spotty blocking
    - two back system with 4.0 YPC average
    - both backs due for renegotiation

    After
    - serious QB problem
    - spotty blocking
    - new 3.8 YPC expensive back who has been injured for nearly half the games in the last 3 years

    why would they ignore such ‘solid rocket booster’ problems like blocking and QB and spend millions to replace backs with gas left in the tank?

    Henne will get benched and Bush will be out for the season by game 4.

    It boggles the mind that over a decade can go by without addressing such issues that every high school coach knows.

  55. jerrybringer says: Aug 23, 2011 3:07 PM

    I went to high school with Larry Johnson in state college pa. He’s a lowlife who beats women. Congrats on this signing.

  56. scomibord says: Aug 23, 2011 3:33 PM

    mwcarolina says: Aug 23, 2011 10:20 AM

    so reggie bush sucks that bad?
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    yes he does

  57. yelix says: Aug 23, 2011 6:11 PM

    I really hope he stays on the team long enough to come to Arrowhead in Week 9. He’ll get boo’d so loudly. That is, unless he actually plays well against the Chiefs, which I don’t want to happen.

  58. breeshasasprole says: Aug 24, 2011 12:46 PM

    @usmutts says:
    Aug 23, 2011 11:58 AM
    Since when does some guy at the Miami Herold decide who’s going to be the primary running back for the Dolphins? If the coaches had such confidence they wouldn’t be persuing someone who’s actually willing to run between the tackles.

    I like Reggie Bush but he is not a primary running back in the NFL. And no one knows that better than Reggie. He’ll have a good year this year, unless he falls prey to his usual injuries and fumbelitis, but he will not be the big dog in the backfield.

    —————————————–

    If Reggie did know that he would have stayed in New Orleans on a championship caliber team with one of the best offenses in the NFL. He doesn’t know this which is why he went to Miami for almost the same amount the Saints offered him… to be “the guy”, as much as I rooted for him he never was that guy and he never will be.

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