April 18, 2014

NFL Rumors: James Michael Johnson not in Browns’ plans

In Terry Pluto’s latest column he writes that the Browns will most likely part ways with linebacker James Michael Johnson. Johnson missed six games due to injury in 2012, but was highly regarded by the previous regime, playing in 45 percent of snaps when healthy.

With 2012 undrafted free agent Craig Robertson looking like the starter along side D’Qwell Jackson at inside linebacker in Ray Horton’s new defense, it appears Johsnon is now on his way to being cut.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Nevada, JMJ was injured in the pre season before returning to action in week 5 and making his first career start the following week against San Diego.

After Johnson on the depth chart are second year players L.J. Fort and Tank Carder. Fort and Carder each made their living primarily on special teams during their rookie campaigns playing just 98 and 30 snaps respectively.

While D’Qwell Jackson is as steady as they come on the inside, the lack of depth and experience along side him is a concern for the Browns’ defense.

[Related: Weeden: Browns can be "really, really good" in 2013]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Someone had to be the odd man out between the free agent signing and the drafting of Mingo.

  • Harv 21

    Unsurprising. As flexible as the 3-4 may be, this guy was drafted for the 4-3, and his strongest attribute is speed in closing on the ball carrier unobstructed, not shedding a block and sticking somebody. Not sure Craig Robertson could ever be their starter either – he can fly but he’s built more like a strong safety.

  • Jaker

    Cut? Any trade value?

  • Dc dawg

    A little surprised by this presumption. He never did impress when given the chance, but to outright cut him seems strange. Must say, I really like Robertson’s motor. Hope he does get the nod in the middle. Still concerned about the TE position. Cameron can’t even get through OTAs without injury.

  • paulbip

    another bust

  • mgbode

    a 4th round draft pick selected for a different defense. that’s what we get for making so many switches, but he can prove himself not a bust for another team (if he’s indeed cut).

  • mgbode

    hmmm….really curious what we plan at ILB. I’ve seen it in print on and these comment boards suggesting that Quentin Groves could be moved to ILB. it’s an interesting thought.

  • paulbip

    He would still be a bust for the Browns.

  • mgbode

    I get what you are saying, but a 4th round draft pick by a different regime for a different scheme. it’s hard for me to call such a player a bust when we have had so many higher picks for the same regime bust out.