Former Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson flew in last night for dinner, and met with Redskins brass again this morning. It didn't take long for Scot McCloughan to lock him up to a 2 year, $4 million contract that will likely make Johnson(5'10", 212 lbs, 26 years old) the front runner for the starting strong safety position going into the season. The Redskins desperately needed help at the position with Phillip Thomas, Duke Ihenacho, and Trenton Robinson the only players with starting experience. Ihenacho has the most experience of the 3 but hasn't started a game since the the Super Bowl two years ago.
Johnson has been a backup in Seattle since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State in 2011. He was signed by a Seahawks front office that had current Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan as the #2 personnel man behind GM John Schneider. Johnson has backed up both FS Earl Thomas and SS Kam Chancellor, and got his first and only start last season in place of Chancellor vs the Giants. In that game he lead the team in tackles and a pass defended.
The #Redskins are signing safety & ST Jeron Johnson to a 2-year deal worth $4M, source said. He visited this weekend.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2015
[UPDATE# 1: 2:00 pm, 3/16/15] Mike Jones of the Washington Post is reporting the deal is 2 years, $3.5 million
The Redskins have signed strong safety Jeron Johnson after hosting the former Seattle Seahawk for a portion of the past two days.
Johnson agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.5 million, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
[UPDATE #2: 2:50 pm, 3/16/15] It's officially official.