NFL Rumors: Los Angeles Chargers Targeting Talented Free Agent Safety

The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly interested in acquiring former Cleveland Browns safety, John Johnson III, in free agency.

Johnson, who was recently released by the Browns to create cap space, has played in the NFL for five seasons, consistently recording over 100 tackles per season.

His experience playing under Chargers' head coach, Brandon Staley, in 2020, when Staley was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, could make him a good fit for the Chargers.

In his most recent season with the Browns, Johnson recorded 101 tackles, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.

Prior to joining Cleveland, he spent his first four seasons with the Rams. During his tenure with Staley in 2020, Johnson had 105 tackles with two for loss, eight passes defensed, and an interception. 

With Chargers' safety Nasir Adderley set to become a free agent, Johnson could potentially fill that void should Adderley not be re-signed.

Johnson's versatility in playing both safety spots and slot cornerback, combined with his prowess in pass coverage and run defense, makes him a solid target for the Chargers.

Pro Football Focus projects a one-year, $5.5 million contract for Johnson. 
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