With free agency approaching on March 9th, we take a closer look at the Browns' final unrestricted free agent, CB Johnson Bademosi.
CB Johnson Bademosi
Bademosi has been valued as one of the best special teamers in the NFL. Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
How and When He Joined the: Bademosi was an undrafted free agent in 2012 who made an impression for his ability as a coverage player on special teams. He's been with special teams coordinator Chris Tabor the entire duration of his career.
Productivity Level Last Season: Bademosi saw the most playing time of his career on defense. Although he never started a game at cornerback, there were games in which he had to fill in as an outside cornerback due to injuries at the position or CB Justin Gilbert and CB Pierre Desir being inactive.
Unfortunately, even though he did a decent job staying with receivers, opposing quarterbacks and receivers pretty much had their way with him, particularly in the end zone. As a special teamer, though, Bademosi did a fine job, registering 12 tackles and 5 assists for a combined 17 tackles. That is just one tackle off from when he had 18 combined special teams tackles as a rookie. He was also just 1 tackle away from having the most in the NFL this year (LB Brian Peters led the way in Minnesota with 18).
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: The Browns wouldn't keep Bademosi strictly for his defense, although since he has experience at both cornerback and safety, it's nice to have that emergency all-around player available on the back end of the depth chart. The Browns would keep Bademosi because he has proven year-after-year to be one of the best special teams coverage players in the NFL.
What the Browns Should Do: Nobody is going to break the bank for Bademosi, but there's also no reason to not retain him since the cost is near-the-minimum. For Bademosi, I'll go with 3 years, $3 million. He is currently with TE Gary Barnidge in Egypt, though, so a deal won't come to fruition until he gets back.
Now it's your turn -- vote in the poll below on whether or not the team should try to re-sign Johnson Bademosi!