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Clayton: Seahawks’ Jeron Johnson restructures deal

By Brady Henderson

Backup safety Jeron Johnson has restructured his one-year deal with the Seahawks and can make as much as $2 million next season, ESPN’s John Clayton reported Thursday.

Johnson, 25, was a restricted free agent and signed a second-round tender that would have paid him $2.187 million in 2014. The Seahawks had the option of asking Johnson to take a pay cut, and that is apparently what happened. Clayton’s report suggests Johnson’s base salary was reduced but that he can earn much of it back by reaching certain incentives.

Johnson signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has backed up Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas the past three seasons. He was limited to seven games in 2013 because of hamstring injuries on both legs.

Clayton’s report stated that retaining Johnson was a priority for the Seahawks with Chancellor undergoing hip surgery this offseason.

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