BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent safety Juan Thornhill on a three-year contract worth $21 million, the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports.
The 27-year-old Thornhill comes to Cleveland after spending his first four years in Kansas City, helping the Chiefs to a pair of Super Bowl victories. He started 52 games for the Chiefs in his career, notching eight interceptions, including one for a touchdown.
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Last season, Thornhill recorded 71 tackles, three interceptions, plus nine pass breakups and four tackles for loss.
According to Pelissero, Thornhill's contract calls for $14 million fully guaranteed at signing over the first two years, per sources.
The news of Thornhill coming to Cleveland comes on the same day that the Browns officially announced the release of veteran safety John Johnson III. Johnson recorded 96 tackles with a pair of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception for Cleveland in 2022. The Browns also announced the release of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on Wednesday.
So far, the Browns have focused their energy in free agency on defense. The team has brought in edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo from Houston and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson from the Vikings. The Browns have also brought back linebacker Sione Takitaki on a one-year deal. The team's lone move on offense thus far is the re-signing of center Ethan Pocic.