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The Cleveland Browns and working again Duke Johnson reportedly have agreed to a contract extension.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the three-year deal is price $15.6 million with a $5 million signing bonus.
The transfer ensures Johnson, who was set to enter the ultimate yr of his rookie contract, will not take a look at free company subsequent spring.
The Browns chosen Johnson within the third spherical of the 2015 draft (77th total), and he immediately stuffed a void of their backfield as a pass-catching specialist. As a rookie, Johnson amassed 61 receptions for 534 yards and two touchdowns whereas tacking on 379 speeding yards.
That pattern held regular in 2016 earlier than Johnson skilled one thing of a breakout final season working closely out of the slot.
Appearing in all 16 video games for the third straight yr, the University of Miami product tallied a career-high 1,041 yards and 7 touchdowns from scrimmage. Pittsburgh‘s Le’Veon Bell, New Orleans‘ Alvin Kamara and Carolina‘s Christian McCaffrey had been the one different working backs who totaled at the very least 1,000 scrimmages yards and 70 receptions final season, in accordance to Pro Football Reference.
Moving ahead, although, it is honest to marvel if Johnson’s utilization will decline.
For starters, the Browns bolstered their backfield by signing Carlos Hyde in free company and drafting former Georgia bulldozer Nick Chubb. On the receiving entrance, Cleveland added slot maven Jarvis Landry, who figures to faucet into Johnson’s goal share contemplating he is been focused 570 instances and logged 400 receptions over the previous 4 seasons.
In different phrases, the Browns’ flurry of strikes within the personnel division may put a tough cap on Johnson’s ceiling.
That mentioned, after deciding on quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 total decide, the Browns could also be trying to maintain as many playmakers as they’ll to ease their prized rookie’s transition to the NFL.
Johnson is the type of game-breaking playmaker new offensive coordinator Todd Haley needs to be intent on feeding in some type or one other because the Browns strive to climb out of the AFC North cellar.