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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 20: Adam Butler #70 of the New England Patriots celebrates his sack against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins are bringing in another former Patriot: they are signing defensive tackle Adam Butler to a two-year deal worth up to $9.5 million, as first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

One of the Patriots’ most recent undrafted success stories, Butler originally signed with the Patriots in 2017 out of Vanderbilt. His first flash came in the 2017 divisional round against the Titans, when he recorded a sack, one QB hit, and one tackle for loss.

Butler has logged four and six sacks in his past two seasons as the Patriots’ top interior pass-rusher. He missed just one game in four seasons, an impressive mark for a player who came in as an undrafted rookie. And at age 26, he could still be ascending.

The Dolphins essentially swapped in Butler for nose tackle Davon Godchaux, who agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots on Monday. Miami also reached a deal with former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett and former cornerback Justin Coleman. Additionally, center Ted Karras is returning to New England from the Dolphins on a one-year deal. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with everything relating to the 2021 Patriots here at

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