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The Rams re-sign veteran John Johnson after his successful return last season

The Rams re-sign veteran John Johnson after his successful return last season

The Rams re-sign veteran John Johnson after his successful return last season

Veteran safety John Johnson has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams after his successful return to the team last season.

The Rams announced the new deal for Johnson, a third-round draft pick in 2017, on Thursday.

Johnson spent his first four NFL seasons with the Rams as a starting safety. After making the game-winning interception in overtime in a win over New Orleans in the NFC championship game, he made six tackles in Los Angeles’ Super Bowl loss to New England in February 2019.

Johnson left for Cleveland in 2021 on a lucrative free-agent contract. After two seasons as the Browns’ starter, he returned to Los Angeles last summer.

Johnson began last season as a backup but eventually returned to the starting lineup. He had two interceptions and 42 tackles while taking on a leadership role on the Rams’ young defense.

Los Angeles revamped its secondary in the offseason, signing safety Kamren Curl from Washington and adding cornerbacks Tre’Davious White and Darious Williams, another former Rams defensive back returning to the team.

Johnson is likely to compete for playing time this upcoming season with third-year pro Russ Yeast and rookie Kamren Kinchens.

The Rams open training camp July 23 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.