Larry Johnson Signs With Miami Dolphins
According to the Miami Dolphins official Twitter, the team has signed free agent running back Larry Johnson, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins.
After a disappointing preseason from rookie tailback Daniel Thomas, Miami adds possible veteran insurance in the 31-year old Johnson.
Our knee-jerk reaction is, “why?”, but after we think about it, what do the Dolphins have to lose here? Reggie Bush can’t be trusted to hold-up long-term and Thomas has been under-whelming out of the gates, so the logic is there to add some depth. While Johnson looked just about done with the Redskins last year and hasn’t produced an elite fantasy season since 2006, there’s actually a little hope this ends well.
After seeing Marion Barber come to life after being able to rest his legs, and then seeing what he’s doing in Chicago, it’s clear any running back can be productive again if they can get fresh legs. We’re not sold on the case being the same with Johnson, but he literally hasn’t carried the ball more than 200 times in five seasons, and only touched the ball five times in all of last season. There’s a chance his body has recovered and he could be useful.