BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – Cleveland Browns’ general manager Andrew Berry confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that team is set to cut veteran safety John Johnson III when the new NFL league year begins on March 15.

“I will start by saying John, the first thought probably is just gratitude in terms of what he has done the past two years on the field and in the locker room for us,” General Manager Andrew Berry said at the podium at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

“We, after just looking at the roster and thinking about where we want to be in 2023, thought it would be the best move for the organization to really part ways. That certainly doesn’t minimize what John was able to do while he was with our team.”

Johnson III was entering the third year of a three-year contract that he signed in 2021.

The move will save the team $9.75 million of salary cap space.

In two seasons in Cleveland, Johnson III has played in a total of 32 games. During his time with the Browns he has 4 interceptions and three forced fumbles with a pair of fumble recoveries.