The Cleveland Browns and running back D’Ernest Johnson have agreed to a new deal, bringing an end to a brief disagreement between the sides.
Johnson had refused to sign his unrestricted free agent tender with the Browns but ended up agreeing to a deal worth the same value of $2.43 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. However, the difference is his guaranteed money, which comes in at $900,000.
Restricted free-agent running back D’Ernest Johnson reached agreement with the Browns on a one-year deal worth up to $2.433 million, including more than $900,000 in guaranteed money, per his agents @DrewJRosenhaus and @NFLrecord.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2022
Johnson fired his previous agent and brought in Drew Rosenhaus this offseason, a sign that he was looking for some kind of reworked deal as a restricted free agent. However, he did not sign an offer sheet from another team before the deadline and the Browns held his exclusive negotiating rights.
While he didn’t cash in big after a breakout year, the new deal is a show of faith from the Browns, who already have a loaded running back room. He’ll be a part of a unit that includes Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Demetric Felton and fifth-round pick Jerome Ford.
Johnson Took Advantage of Opportunities With Browns
Johnson was very much on the roster bubble heading into last season, with Chubb and Hunt holding down the top two spots on the depth chart and Felton emerging as a threat in the passing game.
However, Johnson capitalized on his opportunities when his number was called upon, notching 534 yards on 100 carries with three touchdowns. He also collected 19 receptions for 137 yards.
Johnson has worked to make it in the NFL and could be on the precipice of all his hard work paying off. It was just a few years ago that he was working on a fishing boat after going undrafted to make ends meet. He also put in his time in the AFL, rushing for 372 yards and adding 22 receptions for 220 yards.
Johnson rushed for 146 yards in his first career NFL start last season against the Broncos, tallying 146 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
“D’Ernest Johnson to me is a warrior and a great teammate,” coach Kevin Stefanski said after the victory over the Broncos. “What he has fought through …read more