What Taron Johnson’s new deal means for the Buffalo Bills

The Bills this offseason continue to make more moves in-house than making splashy free agent signings.

One of the moves is the resigning of safety Taron Johnson.

Johnson signed a three year, $31 million dollar extension.

The extension makes Johnson the highest paid nickel corner and keeps him with the team through the 2027 season.

“I feel extremely blessed, you know? I couldn’t even see this far when I was a child,” Johnson told media Monday after signing his deal.

“It’s a blessing beyond words. … I hopefully can retire here in the future.”

Johnson was drafted by the Bills in 2018 and last season had 98 tackles and three forced fumbles. He may play a much larger role this season due the loss of perennial Pro Bowlers Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde and Tre’Davious White in the defensive backfield during free agency this offseason.

Said Johnson, “It’s a new opportunity for me. “I have to be more vocal this year, and I’m expecting to do that a lot. So, whatever that role leads for me, then that’s what I’m gonna do. Whatever it takes.”

Johnson in the last two years played 92.1% of the defensive snaps in 2022 and 89.4% in 2023.

In 2020, In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson intercepted a pass thrown by Lamar Jackson in the Bills’ end zone and returned it for a 101-yard pick six during the 17–3 win.

It led to the lone AFC Title game appearance for Buffalo in the Josh Allen era.