Seahawks place second-round tender on Jeron Johnson

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NFL teams have until 4 p.m. next Tuesday to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.

The Seattle Seahawks extended an offer to the first of their three restricted free agents on Tuesday.

According to Mike Garafolo of, Seattle has placed a second-round tender on safety Jeron Johnson.

Johnson has served as backup to All-Pro starters Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor the last three seasons after making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He’s a valued reserve and key special teams contributor for Seattle. However, he appeared in just seven games this season as he battled hamstring injuries to both legs before landing on injured reserve in December.

Many in Seattle’s organization feel Johnson could be a starter elsewhere if he had the opportunity.

The second-round tender placed on Johnson reflects Seattle’s belief other teams will be seriously interested in his services this offseason. If another team signs Johnson to an offer sheet, the Seahawks will have five days to match the offer. If they choose not to match, Seattle would receiver a second-round pick as compensation. If Johnson signs the tender with Seattle, he will make $2.187 million this season.

Johnson has appeared in 24 games and recorded 15 tackles and a forced fumble in three seasons. He also recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre also are restricted free agents for the Seahawks.

9 responses to “Seahawks place second-round tender on Jeron Johnson

  1. Hope they get a contract with Baldwin settled and don’t do a tag/1 year deal. They may need to do something to make sure they get him back as he clearly was more than “pedestrian” this year……

  2. Guess they’re gonna place a 1st round tender on Doug “What now, Cris Carter?” Baldwin.

  3. So many players, so little cap.

    What bugs me about the cap, is that it was supposed to level the playing field, keep the big market teams from burying those in the small market population centers. But look what has happened! The small market teams aren’t spending anywhere close to the cap limits, and so all that they’re doing is holding down everyone else. This isn’t fair when you consider that its the big market teams coming to play in the small market cities that drive ticket sales. In other words, we help them make more money, while they turn around and stick it to us where the sun don’t shine.

  4. Without any questions he would start for any other NFL team. With BamBam and Earl, the best in the NFL at their positions, it will take an injury for him to see the field. You can never have too many quality back ups in the secondary

  5. Jeron Johnson is a beast Seattle is gonna match for him he can definitely start somewhere else

  6. I loved watching this guy bring the wood on The Blue at Boise State. He is the epitomy of Chris Peterson’s blue collar style. I’m happy that he has found success in the NFL, just wish it was with a more successfull, classy organization.

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