D’Ernest Johnson stays with Browns on one-year deal

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Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson will stay in Cleveland for another season.

Johnson and the Browns agreed to a one-year deal that pays him the $2.4 million restricted free agent tender salary and guarantees $900,000 of it, his agents told reporters.

The Browns already have two expensive running backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, so they weren’t going to break the bank to keep Johnson. But by tendering Johnson with a right-of-first-refusal number they ensured that they could match any offer Johnson got.

Johnson has played well in limited action, with 137 carries for 721 yards in his three years in Cleveland. He’ll spend one more year in Cleveland and then hit unrestricted free agency next year.

8 responses to “D’Ernest Johnson stays with Browns on one-year deal

  1. Cleveland is absolutely loaded at tailback. Johnson is good enough to start on a number of teams.

  2. Finally some Browns news that doesn’t have anything to do with Massage Therapists, rape allegations, ill planned signings, crackpot lawyers, or pissed off jilted Quarterbacks.

    This is actually a good signing. This guy will consistently get you 700 – 900 yrds from scrimmage and a handfull of td’s if used properly. Yeoman type journeyman fella this one. Tough hard nosed guy. Quietly goes about his biz. Good insurance should Chubb or Hunt go down. Good move.

  3. Very surprised Johnson didn’t get a better offer from another team. He is an excellent back that would have been an upgrade for many teams.

  4. The Browns are loaded. Too bad they wasted the last 4 years with dsyfunction and poor coaching.

  5. d’ernest Johnson SHOULD NOT have signed that contract. He is a powerful RB WHO COULD have signed a multi year deal with a team in need of a good Rb . I feel his agent failed him.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    June 5, 2022 at 4:03 pm
    d’ernest Johnson SHOULD NOT have signed that contract. He is a powerful RB WHO COULD have signed a multi year deal with a team in need of a good Rb . I feel his agent failed him.
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    He was a restricted free agent.

  7. gjv001 says:
    June 4, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    Very surprised Johnson didn’t get a better offer from another team. He is an excellent back that would have been an upgrade for many teams.
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    He really came through last year and was impressive when Chubb and/or Hunt were out. I’m surprised, too. He has the skills to be a starter.

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