CLEVELAND — D’Ernest Johnson, running back, agreed to terms Saturday on a one year contract with the Cleveland Browns that could be worth up to $2.43million, Drew Rosenhaus, his agent, stated.
Johnson, who did an excellent job last season filling in for Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt when they were out of town, will be guaranteed $900,000.
In March, the team offered Johnson a restricted-free agent tender. The tender was also worth $2.43million, but Johnson’s new contract gives him guaranteed money and allows the Browns to adjust their salary-cap.
Johnson, 26, rushed for 534 yards last season and scored three touchdowns. Johnson also caught 19 passes for an impressive 137 yards. He was at his best when Chubb and Hunt were not there, running for a career high 146 yards in a victory over Denver.
Johnson adds depth to the Browns’ roster, along with Hunt and Chubb. Cleveland also drafted Jerome Ford from Cincinnati in the fifth round. Demetric Felton will be working in the backfield as well as wide receiver in this offseason.
Johnson is a fan favourite partly because of his work on a Florida fishing boat, before becoming a free unsigned agent and making Cleveland’s roster for 2019.