Agent: Johnson to participate

Updated: April 16, 2009, 4:05 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

The Kansas City Chiefs will hold a voluntary minicamp Friday through Sunday, which Larry Johnson's agent, Peter Schaffer, said the running back will participate in. Schaffer said Johnson has been participating in the team's offseason workout program, which began March 30.

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Johnson originally asked to be traded but Schaffer maintains Johnson has changed his mind, and the fact that he has been working out with teammates and is about to go to the minicamp are both strong signs that he wants to be a Chief and that the team wants to keep him.

The Chiefs recently won a grievance against Johnson based on roster bonus money. The grievance win cleared the way for the team to easily release Johnson, who was suspended by the team and the NFL for a total of four games for off-field issues in 2008. The Chiefs have yet to make any announcement on Johnson.

Schaffer said it is his belief that the Chiefs are interested in keeping the 29-year-old workhorse.

"If it was a foregone conclusion that the Chiefs would cut Larry I don't think he'd be going to the minicamp," Schaffer said. "We're planning on moving on. That's why Larry is with the team."

Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.

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