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Breakdown of FS John Johnson’s contract with the Browns

A look at how much the team’s new free safety will make with the Browns.

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The Browns agreed to terms on Monday with FS John Johnson, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams. We will break down the year-by-year contract details of each player the Browns sign. Usually, it takes a few days before the details become available, but Over the Cap had them up already. Johnson’s deal is considered to be 3 years for $33.75 million with $20 million fully guaranteed.

FS John Johnson’s Contract, Cap Hits Per Year

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Roster Bonus Total Cap Hit
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Roster Bonus Total Cap Hit
2021 $1,250,000 $4,000,000 $0 $0 $5,250,000
2022 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $3,375,000 $0 $11,375,000
2023 $8,750,000 $4,000,000 $3,375,000 $1,000,000 $17,125,000
Total $14,000,000 $12,000,000 $6,750,000 $1,000,000 $33,750,000
  • Johnson has $20 million in full guarantees, which consists of his $1.25 million base salary in 2021, his $12 million signing bonus, and a $6.75 million option bonus.
  • On the 3rd day of the 2022 league year, Johnson’s $4 million base salary will become fully guaranteed. It is already fully guaranteed for injury.
  • On the 3rd day of the 2023 league year, Johnson can earn a $1 million roster bonus.
  • The unique part of Johnson’s contract is with his option bonus. The Browns must decide between the 4th and 15th day of the 2022 league year whether they want to exercise his $6.75 million option bonus. If they exercise it, it will be split over the final two years of his contract, much like an extension to his signing bonus.
  • However, if the Browns decline his option bonus, then Johnson’s base salary in 2022 will increase by $6.75 million (to $10.75 million). It basically gives the Browns a little bit of flexibility on whether Johnson’s biggest cap hit will be in 2022 or 2023.
  • If the Browns do not exercise the option bonus, then below is how Johnson’s contract would pan out:

FS Josh Johnson’s Contract (if Option Bonus not exercised)

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Roster Bonus Total Cap Hit
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Roster Bonus Total Cap Hit
2021 $1,250,000 $4,000,000 $0 $0 $5,250,000
2022 $10,750,000 $4,000,000 $0 $0 $14,750,000
2023 $8,750,000 $4,000,000 $0 $1,000,000 $13,750,000
Total $20,750,000 $12,000,000 $0 $1,000,000 $33,750,000
  • UPDATE: It appears that, much like with Jack Conklin’s contract, Cleveland also has the option to create one or more void years to spread out Johnson’s bonuses. Here is a summary of all the possibilities: