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Browns Rumors: Former Texans 1st-Round Pick Kevin Johnson Visiting in FA

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2019

Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson (30) is helped off the field after injuring his finger during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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The Cleveland Browns are planning to host free-agent cornerback Kevin Johnson on Thursday as they look to fill a void in their secondary.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news, noting Johnson met with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.

The Houston Texans released Johnson on Tuesday after he spent four seasons with the franchise. A 2015 first-round pick, Johnson started 18 games and made 35 appearances for the franchise. He was limited to one start last season after suffering a concussion Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

"They told me I'm cleared, good to go and I'm in great shape moving forward," Johnson told reporters. "I'm feeling good. I'm going to be ready to go next season.

"It wasn't the season I wanted to have, being out, missing the whole season with the concussion stuff. All of that is unfortunate, but it's in the past and I'm moving forward."

Johnson has missed at least four games in three of his four pro seasons and has not performed at an elite level when he's been on the field. After starting 10 games as a rookie, Johnson has started eight total the last three years.

Signing Johnson isn't likely to cost any team much in terms of salary. Odds are he'll be looking for a prove-it deal to get back out on the market after a full year of health and strong performance. The Browns could give him a chance to start opposite Denzel Ward at the right cornerback spot.

Either way, Johnson will head into camp competing for playing time wherever he winds up.