Browns, S John Johnson Agree To Deal

Entering the legal tampering period in need of defensive talent, the Browns are making a big move early. They agreed to terms with longtime Rams safety starter John Johnson, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

With Justin Simmons, Marcus Maye and Marcus Williams receiving the franchise tag, Johnson moved up the list of available safeties. The Browns will add the former third-round pick on a three-year, $33.75MM contract, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo (on Twitter). Johnson will receive $24MM guaranteed in the deal.

The Rams have lost a host of key role players over the past three offseasons, with the team having made a few splashy moves. Johnson follows the likes of Rodger Saffold, Lamarcus Joyner and Cory Littleton out of Los Angeles. He joined them as a Super Bowl LIII starter and had been a Rams first-stringer since his 2017 rookie season. Being well over the cap, the Rams will lose Johnson to a team with in a better financial spot.

The Browns ranked 25th in defensive DVOA last season. They lost second-round pick Grant Delpit to injury and used multiple stopgaps at the position. This represents a much bigger investment than Cleveland made at the spot last year. Johnson will join Denzel Ward as high-end Browns secondary cogs. Pro Football Focus has regarded Johnson highly for much of his career; he ranked as PFF’s No. 3 overall safety in 2020.

Despite Johnson’s status as a high-end free agent, his contract will not quite hit the top tier among safeties. It is outside the top five at the position in both AAV and guaranteed money. But the Browns will have a key piece to team with both Delpit and Ronnie Harrison under Joe Woods going forward.

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      • Tatsumaki

        Again this is another Rams player that benefits from playing with Ramsey and donald. See lamarcus joyner

  1. Michael Chaney

    I love this move. Being able to move Johnson, Delpit (if he comes back well from injury), and Harrison around should be a lot of fun.

    It’s a lot of money, but I don’t think it’s an overpay relative to what other top tier safeties make. Plus he’s still really young.

  2. JayceInCase

    Solid signing who will still be 25-years old for the majority of the upcoming season! He’s very well respected by PFF, which aligns well with the Browns’ front office. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Sendejo! Actually, let it!

    With a healthy Grant Delpit, it will be exciting to see how Woods deploys Johnson, Harrison and Delpit.

  3. nentwigs

    Also under consideration by Browns management:
    Andy Anderson
    Ben Benson
    Carl Carlson
    Dan Danielson
    Ed Edwards
    Frank Franklin
    Gary Garrison
    Harry Harrison
    Irv Irvson
    Jack Jackson
    Ken Kenny
    Len Lenison
    Mel Melvin

    • bumpy93

      there’s a thing to the above post of nentwigs, but I’m not able to put a finger on it.. I know he’s trying to make a point I just don’t know what it is. LOL

      • nentwigs

        I think I see it now.
        It’s a tribute to March 16th
        St Urho’s Day
        (See Next Post)

    • nentwigs

      Corrections:

      Ed Edison
      Frank Franklinson
      Ken Kennison
      Mel Melvinson

      That’s clearer now……

  4. nentwigs

    Also under consideration by Browns management:
    Nelson Nelson
    Owen Owenson
    Pete Peterson
    Quillan Quillanson
    Rob Robertson
    Sam Samuelson
    Tommy Thompson
    Uziel Uzielson
    Victor Victorson
    Willy Williamson
    Xavier Xavierson
    Yosef Yosefson
    Zander Zanderson

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