One of the Cleveland Browns offseason priorities was to re-sign running back Duke Johnson and on Thursday afternoon, they did just that.
The two sides reached an agreement on a three year extension worth $15.6 million with $7.74 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus.
Johnson is now the eighth highest paid running back in the NFL in terms of average salary once his extension starts following this upcoming season.
The fourth year back was a third round pick for the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL) and he’s made an impact on the offense ever since.
In his first three seasons, Johnson has had at least 870 yards from scrimmage in each season with his dual threat ability as both a runner and receiver.
- 2015: 379 rushing yards, 61 catches for 534 yards and two touchdowns
- 2016: 358 rushing yards and one touchdown, 53 catches for 514 yards
- 2017: 348 rushing yards and four touchdowns, 74 catches for 693 yards and three touchdowns
He’s one of nine running backs since 2015 to have a season of 300 rushing yards, 50 catches and 500 receiving yards in a single season.
Johnson and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell are the only two to do it in multiple seasons during that span.
Browns general manager John Dorsey has added talent this offseason and it’s only appropriate that he retains a talented player like Johnson who should have a big role in the offense now run by Todd Haley.
It may be a crowded backfield with free agent signing Carlos Hyde and second round pick Nick Chubb but Johnson’s ability to not only run but be used as a wide receiver makes him perfect for Haley’s offensive style.