Source: Adam Butler signs with the Miami Dolphins

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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New England Patriots defensive lineman Adam Butler walks on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Adam Butler is heading south.

According to a source, Butler is signing a 2-year deal worth up to $9.5 million with the Miami Dolphins. The 26-year-old has 10 sacks over the last two seasons in New England. Butler went from undrafted free agent to the Patriots best interior pass rusher.

This offseason, the Pats have already added two defensive linemen in Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson. They gave Godchaux a two-year deal worth $15 million and Anderson a two-year contract worth $7 million. The team allowed 2,103 rushing yards last season, so it’s not a surprise to see them prioritize the defensive tackles position.

For Butler, he heads to Miami where he’ll play for former Patriots defensive play caller Brian Flores. It’s certainly not a surprise to see Flores interested in Butler. After making the Patriots 53-man roster in 2017, Butler was efficient as the team’s third-down pass rusher. He had a career-high six sacks and nine quarterback hits in 2019. Last year, he had four sacks to go with seven quarterback hits.

The NFL Network was the first to report the news on Butler’s deal with Miami.

Defensive tackle Adam Butler sacks Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in the second half of the Patriots 20-17 win over Arizona on Nov. 29, 2020.
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