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Browns agree to four-year deal with fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2012

Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson (52) celebrates his tackle of Southern Mississippi wide receiver Kelvin Bolden for a loss in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Honolulu. Photo: Eugene Tanner / AP

The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year deal with rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson, his agent, Scott Smith, announced today via Twitter.

The contract is worth $2.52 million, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

The Browns drafted Johnson in the fourth round (No. 120 overall) out of Nevada. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Johnson spent his first two collegiate seasons playing on the strong side and his final two playing in the middle.

“He’s one of those linebackers that has position flexibility,” coach Pat Shurmur said after the Browns picked Johnson. “He can play both outside spots, and he’s played some snaps in the middle, so we feel good about him joining that group.”

Johnson had 88 tackles as a junior and 100 as a senior. He could receive an opportunity to immediately crack the starting lineup if strongside linebacker Scott Fujita’s three-game suspension for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal is upheld. Fujita has denied involvement and has reserved the right to appeal the suspension issued by the NFL.


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