Our next free agent review looks at safety Johnson Bademosi.
S Johnson Bademosi
Browns S Johnson Bademosi ddd. Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
How and When He Joined the: Bademosi signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He started out as a cornerback before moving to safety, but ultimately, he has been a special teams player.
Productivity Level Last Season: Bademosi remained strictly a special teams player in 2014. He finished the season with 12 combined tackles on special teams, tied for the team lead with S Jordan Poyer.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: For three straight years, Bademosi has led the Browns in special teams tackles. He's the type of player you keep around on the back end of your roster, even if they don't contribute on defense.
What the Browns Should Do: Bademosi is a restricted free agent, which applies to players who have at least three years of accrued service in the NFL (i.e. 6 games or more on the roster or IR). The Browns can choose to place a 1st round tender, 2nd round tender, or original round tender on each player. The 2015 tenders are $3.354 million for the 1st round tender, $2.356 million for the 2nd round tender, and $1.542 million for original round tenders. Another team can sign a player you place a tender on, but they would owe that team the corresponding draft pick. If these players are not tendered by the start of free agency, they revert to unrestricted free agents.
The price tag of an original round tender is too expensive for Bademosi. I would let him become a free agent and then try to sign him to a three-year deal worth a total of $2.5 million.
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