Our media partners at the Akron Beacon-Journal have confirmed that the Browns agreed to a three-year, $15.6 million contract extension with running back Duke Johnson that includes a signing bonus of $5 million. The news was first reported by NFL Network.
Johnson was one of the few Browns players on offense last year who didn't make fans shake their heads in disappointment whenever he touched the ball. So, solid move.
According to Nate Ulrich of the Beacon-Journal:
Johnson’s average annual salary of $5.2 million ranks eighth among all NFL running backs, according to the contract tracking website Spotrac.com. He’s one spot below Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys (seventh at $6.2 million) and one above Giovanni Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals (eighth at $5.1 million).
In three seasons, Johnson has not missed a game. Since he entered the league, he leads all running backs in:
- Receiving yards
- Scrimmage yards per touch
More details available at the Akron Beacon-Journal.