Redskins Trade Johnson

The Redskins might have matched the offer, but they had no intention of keeping Bryan Johnson. And today they shipped him to Chicago, for a reported sixth-round draft pick.

With a $2.2 million cap number this season, Johnson would have been too expensive, counting about the same against the cap as quarterback Mark Brunell. But Johnson was a solid special teams player and could have been a decent H-back for Joe Gibbs.

However, the Redskins don't lack possibilities at H-back, including former starter Mike Sellers, whose extra size makes him a more desirable target down the middle. Johnson excelled more on routes in the flat, like a traditional fullback. That's what he'll be in Chicago.

Johnson joined the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2000 from Boise State, switching from linebacker in college to fullback in the NFL. He impressed Marty Schottenheimer and then Steve Spurrier with his work ethic and attitude on the field. Johnson was the Redskins Special Teams Player of the Year in 2002.

He did not want to leave the Redskins, but when New Orleans signed him to an offer sheet more than a week ago, he figured he was gone. There was talk of a possible trade after the Redskins matched the offer sheet, though Johnson's agent had not heard any of it.

But he was due an $800,000 roster bonus Tuesday, a hefty sum for someone who might not even start this season. Now the Redskins add another pick, giving them three in the upcoming draft.


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