Former Boise State safety Jeron Johnson might get his chance to prove he’s an NFL starter this season.
Johnson signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent Monday. He leaves the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a dependable backup and special-teamer for four seasons. Johnson played in the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Johnson has started one game in the NFL because he was stuck behind two of the NFL’s best safeties in Seattle, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Johnson was a starter for three-plus seasons at Boise State, leading the team in tackles in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
“That makes it a little easier, to know you’re behind two great safeties,” Johnson told me in January. “It’s not like I’m behind someone who I just am clearly better than. I’ve learned a lot from both of them. I’m just waiting on my opportunity. We’ll see what the near future holds.”
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Washington is expected to lose both of its starting safeties from last year. One retired and the other is a free agent. Washington general manager Scot McCloughan is a former member of the Seahawks’ personnel team.
The Washington Post reported that Johnson received a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.
Here is the story I wrote on Johnson before the Super Bowl.