Browns, Duke Johnson agree to contract extension

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Transcript from Dan Murphy, Communications Senior Manager of the Cleveland Browns

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns and RB  Duke Johnson Jr. have agreed to terms on a three-year contract  extension. Johnson was selected by the Browns in the third round of the  2015 NFL Draft.


Johnson is 5-9, 210-pounds and is entering his  fourth NFL season out of the University of Miami. Last year, Johnson led  the Browns in receptions (74) and receiving yards (693), while totaling  seven touchdowns (four rushing, three receiving). His 74 receptions and  693 receiving yards each marked most by a Browns RB in a season. He  added 348 rushing yards for a total of 1,041 scrimmage yards, while  playing in all 16 games. He joined Herschel Walker (1986-88) as only NFL  RBs to record 500 receiving yards in each of their first three seasons.  Johnson is the only NFL running back with at least 50 catches in each of  the past three seasons. Among NFL RBs since 2015, he ranks first in  scrimmage yards per touch (6.3), receiving yards (1,741) and receptions  (188). He finished his collegiate career as Miami’s all-time leading  rusher. 


Quote from John Dorsey:

“Duke Johnson is a good football player. His hard  work and commitment to the Browns organization is appreciated and we  are excited to extend his contract and keep him in a Browns uniform for  years to come. Duke is an excellent representative our organization. He  leads by example and we look forward to him playing an important role  with the Cleveland Browns moving forward.”


Quote from Duke Johnson:

“I’m excited. It’s fun to see how this team is  shaping out and I want to be a part of it. You can see it with the guys  they brought in on offense like Tyrod (Taylor) and (Jarvis) Landry plus  the guys we already had. I think bringing in coach (Todd) Haley adds  another dimension to our offense and it gives coach (Hue) Jackson the  chance to be the head coach. John Dorsey has been bringing in guys that  can play, that can ball, and that gives us a chance. Now it’s about  going out and doing it now.”


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