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Report: Browns sign CB Kevin Johnson

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Former first-round pick may be versatile enough to earn a look at the slot position.

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed cornerback Kevin Johnson.

The fifth-year veteran will reportedly sign a one-year deal worth $3.5 million that could go up to $6 million with incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Johnson was a first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, He spent four seasons with the Texans as an occasional starter, but never really made much of an impact while battling injuries.

After bering released by the Texans, Johnson spent the 2019 season with the Buffalo Bills - after making a free agency visit with the Browns. He was able to stay healthy enough to play in all 16 games, making one start, with the Bills, finishing the season with 36 tackles, a sack and five pass breakups while playing just 32 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Johnson finished the 2019 season as the 23rd best cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, which gave him an overall grade of 71.9, according to Bills Wire.

With the Browns, he will be in line to claim a backup role to starters Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, while also likely getting a look at the slot cornerback position.