The Browns signed their main target in free agency, landing safety John Johnson III. He joins Grant Delpit, a 2020 second-round pick who missed his rookie season with an Achilles tendon injury, and Ronnie Harrison at the backend.
“We thought he was one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said of Johnson via cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “He can play the free safety, the strong safety and he can play in the box for a nickel or a dime. His breadth of skills brings him to the table – he can play men’s cover; can play in center field; you can support the race and really do everything at a pretty high level. It’s perfect for what we want to be as a defender.
“Besides that, you have his intelligence and his natural leadership. That’s something we’ll always be looking to add to the mix, and we feel we’re lucky it was available. “
Berry said Johnson is a player who “doesn’t usually make it to the free-agent market.”
The Browns signed Johnson to a three-year contract worth $ 33.75 million.