The Seattle Seahawks placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on backup strong safety Jeron Johnson prior to the start of free agency in March.
Johnson quickly signed the deal that was worth $2.187 million for next season.
However, it was unlikely Johnson was going to be part of Seattle’s roster at that number and he’s already agreed to a restructured contract. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Johnson’s re-worked deal will pay a maximum value of $2 million, though the specifics of the deal were not detailed.
The deal should allow the Seahawks to keep Johnson through next season; a decision that would have been difficult under the restricted tender he signed.
Johnson has been a key special teams contributor and backup to starter Kam Chancellor for the last three seasons. Johnson appeared in just seven games for Seattle last season as two separate hamstring injuries ultimately landed him on injured reserve.
Chancellor reportedly will have hip surgery this offseason – though he’s denied it via his Twitter account. If Chancellor does have surgery, having Johnson available for offseason workouts and training camp would be important for the Seahawks.