Johnathan “John” Johnson is an American Football League (NFL) player.
Johnathan Johnson was born on February 14, 1995 in Tampa, Florida, to a single mother.
He grew up playing football in his neighborhood and his father, Bob Johnson, played football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Johnson played in the United Soccer League (USL) with the Tampa Strikers of the American Football Conference (AFC) for two seasons.
His career in the USL was short-lived as he retired in 2016 after a long career with the Striker’s.
In 2017, Johnson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round (46th overall) of the NFL Draft.
Since the NFL’s 2016 season ended, Johnson has played in nine NFL games, two for the Rams, one for the Denver Broncos and two for New England Patriots.
The former Saint Louis University football player is a graduate of St. Louis’ Saint Francis High School.
Born and raised in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida with a single mom and three siblings, Johnson played football at Saint Louis for five seasons before he joined the St. Lucie Saints.
During that time, he started to develop a connection with football, but he was a slow learner.
“I always said, ‘You gotta work on your timing,'” Johnson said in a press release from his former college team, St. Joseph’s University.
“You gotta be patient.
You gotta be willing to work.”
Johnson spent the next three seasons with St. Lucia University before he transferred to the University of South Florida.
When Johnson joined the Tampa-St. Petersburg Buccaneers, he immediately took the field and was named the team’s first-team running back in 2017.
After one season with the Bucs, Johnson signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
But his career was short lived as he suffered an ankle injury in 2016 that required surgery.
Despite the injury, Johnson went on to play for the Browns for two years, making two Pro Bowls, two All-Pro nods and finishing third in the NFL rushing yardage title race in 2017 with 2,931 yards.
While the Browns eventually parted ways with Johnson in 2017, he did sign a two year deal with the Denver Denver Broncos.
Before the 2017 season ended in a tie with Denver, Johnson spent part of the 2018 NFL season with New England.
Although he never had the best season of his career, Johnson still finished third in rushing yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns with 2.5 yards per carry.
A year later, he signed a one-year deal with Buffalo Bills, where he played for one season.
It was a short-term deal that ended in August 2020 when Johnson tore his ACL.
For the next eight years, Johnson served as the team leader on the offensive line.
As a rookie, he had a career year in 2017 as he had over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, but it was his 2016 campaign that ended his NFL career.
From his rookie season, Johnson led the NFL with 1,828 rushing yards, second only to Marshawn Lynch of Seattle.
However, it was the second straight year that Johnson struggled to stay healthy.
Following his 2016 season, he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
That year, Johnson missed the first six games of the 2020 season and missed all of the next.
Instead, he spent time on the Broncos practice squad in 2017 and 2018 before he returned to the Rams practice squad for the 2019 season.
Johnson returned to St. Luke’s University and signed a three-year, $13 million contract with Cleveland.
Though he was signed to a long-term contract, he only lasted a season with Cleveland and then left the team for Buffalo, joining the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in January 2021.
At the time, Johnson told reporters he planned to return to St Louis.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Johnson had been working out with NFL teams this offseason to sign a contract extension with the team.
Sources told the Plain Dealer that Johnson was expected to sign an extension with Cleveland, and the team has agreed to terms with Johnson.
With a one year deal, Johnson would make $8.75 million this season and $8 million in 2019.
If the deal were to be signed, it would be his sixth guaranteed contract in his career.