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Former Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson signs with Washington Redskins in free agency

Special teams standout and backup safety Jeron Johnson signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins.

Another member of the Seahawks' talented secondary has been rewarded on the open market.

Safety Jeron Johnson inked a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins on Monday. He joins cornerback Byron Maxwell, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this past week, as the second former Seahawks defensive back to be picked up by another club since free agency started last Tuesday.

"To the #12thMan I want to say thank you for the great 4 years!" Johnson captioned in a thank you photo on his Twitter account. "Big thank you to Schneider and Pete for giving me the opportunity. To my teammates Love all yall it was a good run man appreciate everyone of yall.. LOB!!!!!!"

Johnson originally joined the Seahawks in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State. A Compton, Calif. native and high-school teammate of cornerback Richard Sherman, Johnson saw most of his snaps the past four seasons come on special teams, but he also served as a quality backup to both free safety Earl Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor. He finishes his career in Seattle having tallied 19 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in 46 games played.

At the safety spot, the Redskins' Ryan Clark announced his retirement last month and Brandon Meriweather is currently a free agent. In Washington, Johnson should be given a chance to earning a starting role.

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