3 Browns contracts we were happy to see end, 2 we’re eager to see expire
By Randy Gurzi
Browns contract we were happy to see end: John Johnson, Safety
In 2020, fans were excited to see Andrew Berry sign Ausitn Hooper away from the Atlanta Falcons. Considered the best tight end in the free agency class, he was supposed to open up the passing game.
That didn't happen and he was released after just two seasons. Sadly, Berry had the same story unfold for one of his biggest signings in 2021.
John Johnson III was one of the top safeties in the class and he too decided to sign with Cleveland. He performed well in his first season with the franchise but then things went in the wrong direction in 2022.
Johnson struggled in his deep coverage role — which in all honesty, he never should have been asked to do. But what was worse was the lack of effort he showed on the field, even stepping out of the way when Gus Edwards was running toward the end zone with a full head of steam.
As if that wasn't enough, he had just called out teammates for their lack of commitment just days before giving up on a play for the world to see.
Like Hooper, Johnson was let go after just two years. Listed as a post-June 1 cut, the Browns saved roughly $9 million against the cap in 2023 and fans were happy to see that move made. Not only did they replace him with Juan Thornhill, who is a much better fit, but they actually paid less — allowing Berry to go after even more help.