D’Ernest Johnson is a Restricted Free Agent, so the Cleveland Browns have a right of first refusal if they extend a tender of $2.43 million, a classic no-brainer.
For 2022, according to Spotrac.com, values of the four types of tenders are as follows:
Right of 1st Refusal Only Tender: $2,433,000Original Draft Round Tender: $2,540,0002nd Round Tender: $3,986,0001st Round Tender: $5,432,000
A first-round tender means that the new team would have to give the Browns a first-round pick, plus pay Johnson at least $5.4 million.
If Johnson signs with another team, the Browns can match that offer, and Johnson remains in Cleveland.
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There has been some thought this off-season that the Browns may not be able to afford to carry superstar Nick Chubb plus Kareem Hunt at $6.0 million plus a hefty new deal for third-string Johnson.