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Browns and RB Duke Johnson Jr. agree to contract extension

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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