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Report: John Johnson signing with Browns

The Rams now turn to a young safety to take his place

Los Angeles Rams v Cleveland Browns Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

John Johnson will sign a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 25-year-old safety played in 100-percent of the snaps for the LA Rams last season and leaves behind an important job for whoever takes his place in Raheem Morris’s defense.

Mike Garafolo reports the numbers as three years and $33.75 million. An $11.25 million AAV would be the seventh-highest at his position among players with multi-year deals.

Johnson, 25, was one of the top safeties on the free agent market this year. A third round pick out of Boston College in 2017, Johnson has started 48 games in his career and posted eight interceptions during that time. In his second season, Johnson recorded a career-high 119 tackles with four interceptions, but then he missed 10 games in year three. Last season, Johnson had arguably his best campaign, calling plays for defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and never leaving the field.

Johnson had 105 tackles and eight passes defensed for LA’s number one ranked defense of 2020.

The Rams have added a number of young safeties in the last two years in preparation for this departure, including Terrell Burgess, Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp, Nick Scott, and Juju Hughes. If the season started with this roster, Fuller and Burgess might make the most sense as the safeties duo, but a competition would surely allow for one of the other names to compete with Burgess.