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article imageOp-Ed: NFL - Dolphins give RB Larry Johnson a chance to add depth

By Austin Tyler     Aug 24, 2011 in Sports
Miami - Larry Johnson has been out of football for nearly a year, and it seemed like he would not be back in the NFL anytime soon. The Miami Dolphins need depth at running back so adding him is a big plus for them.
The Miami Dolphins signed former Kansas City Chiefs star running back Larry Johnson who spent last year with the Washington Redskins before being released last September. The Dolphins needed depth at running back after losing Ronnie Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles and Ricky Williams to the Baltimore Ravens.
Larry Johnson had this to say about getting his shot,
I understand you want your best guys to represent the organization. You go with the guy with the cleaner slate. That's what I realized going through this process. All you can do is be thankful for one little shot.
This came after Johnson was released by the Chiefs after a few missteps he had off the field. This was after Johnson made the Pro Bowl twice, and rushed for 6,221 yards and scored 55 touchdowns. Johnson's best years were 2005-06 with the Chiefs, when he had consecutive 1,750-yard seasons and ran for a total of 37 touchdowns. The issue with Johnson was after he posted a gay slur on his Twitter account and questioned the competence of Coach Todd Haley.
Johnson was drafted in the first round by Kansas City in 2003. He cited his background as the reason he remained out of work this summer until almost four weeks into training camp.
Miami Coach Tony Sparano had this to about acquiring Johnson
This is a different role totally. ... I'm not asking him to be anything more than he is. I'm not asking him to be the man. I just want him to come in and be a piece on this team.
The Dolphins took the time to work out other NFL veterans, but decided to go with Johnson instead of them. They will add Johnson to stable of running backs that include newly acquired Reggie Bush, and rookie Daniel Thomas.
Johnson was released in November 2009, by the Chiefs and was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals were he only played in seven games as a reserve. He then signed a three-year, incentive-laden contract with the Redskins in March 2010, but gained only 2 yards on five carries in two games before being cut.
At the age of 31 Johnson has only suffered one injury and with no wear and tear on his body for the last two years he said he feels fresh.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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