The Cleveland Browns have made their first big splash in free agency as they agreed to terms with free agent safety John Johnson.
The former Los Angeles Ram has agreed to a three-year deal worth $33.75 million with $24 million guaranteed according to NFL Network.
Johnson, a former third-round pick in 2017 was one of the best safeties in football last season and the top safety on the free agent market after the New Orleans Saints franchised Marcus Williams last week.
PFF graded Johnson with a 85.3 last season which was the third best among safeties in the NFL. Throughout his four-year career, Johnson has 350 total tackles, 8 interceptions, 32 pass deflections and a forced fumble.
The Browns and defensive coordinator Joe Woods want to feature three safeties in the majority of their scheme and now with Johnson to go along with Ronnie Harrison as well as 2020 second-round pick Grant Delpit who is expected to return from his Achilles injury suffered in training camp last August but still don’t rule out the possibility of the Browns spending one of their early draft picks on another safety.
New Browns S John Johnson is viewed as one of the smartest, instinctive safeties in the league. On top of his physical skill set, he’ll immediately bring leadership, reliability and impact plays.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2021
Huge get for Cleveland.