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Cleveland Browns Sign Former First-Round Pick

A closeup of a Cleveland Browns helmet on the field.

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: A Cleveland Browns helmet lays in the end zone before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ravens defeat the Browns 23-21. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns landed a former first-round pick in free agency.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns signed corner Kevin Johnson to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. Johnson has the ability to earn $6 million on the deal with incentives built into the contract.

The Browns clearly wanted to bolster their defensive backfield with the addition. Cleveland has been active in free agency, handing out significant contracts to players like Jack Conklin and Austin Hooper.

Johnson is just the latest addition to a Browns defense that should see marked improvement in 2020. With star defensive end Myles Garrett back on the field, the Browns could be a dangerous team in the AFC.

The Houston Texans selected Johnson with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

After five seasons with the team, he landed with the Buffalo Bills for the 2019 season. He had 36 tackles and one tackle for loss while defending five passes in 16 games for the Bills.

Now he gets the chance to prove himself once again on a one-year deal. He's the second addition to the Browns defensive backs corps after the team landed former Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph on a one-year deal.