2022 NFL free agency: D'Ernest Johnson re-signs with Browns for one year, $2.4 million, per report

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The Cleveland Browns have their complete stable of running backs back in the fold for the 2022 season. According to several reports, limited free-agent D’Ernest Johnson has actually re-signed with the group on a one-year offer worth roughly $2.4 million. 

The agreement will pay Johnson the exact same quantity as the limited free-agent period, just it includes $900,000 in ensured cash, according to the Chronicle-Telegram

Given an opportunity to begin several video games last season, Johnson shined in relief of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. In 2 starts, he brought 41 times for 245 lawns and a goal, while likewise capturing 9 of 10 passes tossed his method for 80 extra lawns. He did not begin the group’s regular-season ending, however did bring 25 times for 123 lawns and a rating because contest. 

On the year, Johnson balanced 5.3 lawns per continue 100 totes, surpassing Hunt’s per-carry average (4.9) and falling simply except Chubb’s (5.5). His catch rate of 76 percent was on par with that of the 2 more heavily-utilized backs too. 

With Hunt headed into the last season of his offer, it’s possible the Browns might want to Johnson to be the 1B to Chubb’s 1A in 2023 and beyond. Chubb is secured on a long-lasting agreement, and the Browns will likely require more affordable alternatives to submit the lineup in the future after finalizing Deshaun Watson to a huge, fully-guaranteed agreement after trading for him previously this offseason. 



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