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CLEVELAND – Returning D’Ernest Johnson on Saturday agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $ 2.43 million, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Johnson, who did a great job last season when Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were injured, will get $ 900,000 guaranteed.
The team made a limited free agent offer on Johnson in March. The offer was also worth $ 2.43 million, but the new deal gives him guaranteed money and Browns some flexibility in the salary cap.
The 26-year-old Johnson rushed for 534 yards and scored three touchdowns last season. He also caught 19 passes on 137 yards. He had his best game when Chubb and Hunt were out, rushing for a career-high 146 yards in a win over Denver.
Johnson gives the Browns extra depth behind Chubb and Hunt. Cleveland has also drafted Cincinnati’s Jerome Ford in the fifth round this season, and Demetric Felton is working in the backfield and as a wide receiver this offseason.
Johnson has become a fan favorite, in part because he worked on a fishing boat in Florida before making Cleveland’s list in 2019 as an unsigned free agent.