Bills, Terron Johnson agree to 3-year contract extension: source

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The Buffalo Bills and defensive back Terron Johnson have agreed to a three-year extension, a team source confirmed. athletic on Monday. The extension is reportedly worth $31 million, which would make Johnson the NFL’s highest-paid nickel back.

Johnson earned second-team All-Pro honors last season after recording 98 tackles, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one sack.

The Bills selected Johnson in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Since then, he has developed into an impact player for Buffalo, recording four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and seven sacks in his six seasons.

Signing Johnson to a long-term extension was an easy decision and one the Bills needed to make ends meet. Over the past few years, Johnson has become an essential part of the defense, which has single-handedly allowed Buffalo to run a nickel defense as their base look regardless of offensive personnel.

His ability to bridge the gap between pass coverage and run defense at his 5-foot-11, 192-pound frame makes him one of the best at his position in the NFL. He is one of the most irreplaceable starters on the entire roster, making him extremely valuable to the Bills. And at only 27 years old, he still has many prime years left in his career.

Johnson will provide the institutional knowledge of scheme and leadership within the defensive secondary that the team lost this offseason. Buffalo released former long-term starters at cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Jordan Poyer, while starting safety Micah Hyde is a free agent and is openly considering retirement at the end of the season.

Signing Johnson to an extension this offseason would not only lock him in at a value with the potential for a price increase closer to next season, but it would also likely provide a short-term boost to free up some cap space in 2024. He received a cap hit of $12.41 million before the deal was made, the sixth-highest on the 2024 roster.

General manager Brandon Beane typically structures contract extensions to get short-term cap relief in the current year, and he did this most recently with the Dion Dawkins extension signed last week. The Bills are already under the cap before this deal and may have some room to spend on a starter in the coming days.

The team will also receive an additional $10.2 million cap increase by June 1 in 2024 when the Tre’Devious White cut process occurs.

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