Cleveland Browns finally honored running back Duke Johnson’s trade request. Browns made the announcement on Thursday that they have traded Johnson to Houston Texans.
According to NFL Insider Tom Pelissero, Texans will send a fourth-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Johnson. The pick could eventually become a third-rounder if certain conditions are met.
Duke Johnson made a trade request back in March, but Cleveland Browns refused to fulfill his wish in recent months. Considering they have issues on the RB position, Browns intended to keep Johnson on their roster to start 2019 NFL season. Both head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey stated earlier that the 25-year-old has a place on the team and that they are counting on him this year.
While it is debatable whether the Browns got the appropriate return for Johnson, the move was probably the best outcome for both sides. Cleveland meets with high expectations this season and having a disgruntled player on their roster wouldn’t help their team’s chemistry. Johnson, on the other side, gets to leave the situation that didn’t suit him and will probably play an important part on Texans’ offense in 2019.
Johnson started only two games with Cleveland last season, rushing for career-low 201 rushing yards and no touchdowns. He, however, had 47 receptions for 429 yards and three TDs.