Cleveland Browns add former 1st round pick at cornerback

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The Cleveland Browns made another addition to the defensive side of the ball as they signed former first-round pick Kevin Johnson to play cornerback

So far, no NFL team has been more active during free agency than the Cleveland Browns. They already added some big names such as Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, and Karl Joseph as well as some lesser-known role players like Andrew Billings and B.J. Goodson.

Even with all those moves, reports were still circulating that they weren’t done just yet and that they were still hoping to add more defensive help. One area where they could still use some help was at cornerback and it didn’t take long for them to fill that role.

According to Adam Schefter, the Browns have now come to terms with a former Houston Texans first-round pick, Kevin Johnson.

Drafted 16th overall in 2015 out of Wake Forest, Johnson was released following the 2018 season. He then joined the Buffalo Bills and played in a rotation for them, earning just one start while playing all 16 games.

Johnson finished the season with 36 tackles and five pass defenses and could make up to $6 million with the Browns. Right now, it appears he will play in a similar role with Cleveland that he did in Buffalo as he should be behind Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams.

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Cleveland could still look to make even more moves as they have another opening at safety, one at left tackle, and potentially at right guard. New general manager Andrew Berry has made quick work out of filling out the roster and this is another smart move by the rookie GM.