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|I have as asterisk next to Johnson, because frankly I'm not sure he'll be on the team by the time this article goes live on the site. He's demanded a trade multiple times this offseason, but things have yet to move on that front. An afterthought in the run game, Johnson continued to be a key cog in the short passing game with 49 receptions for 429 yards. Unfortunately, those final numbers amounted to career lows for the 5th year back. Two straight off-seasons the Browns have looked to the draft or free agency to fill their running back needs, and clearly view Johnson as nothing more than a change of pace back. And for as long as he remains on the roster, that's what he will be. I anticipate Johnson remaining on the team into training game as injury insurance, but likely being dealt sometime in late August before roster cut downs. He's undraftable if he stays on Cleveland and Chubb is healthy, but keep an eye out if he gets dealt. He's shown the ability to catch 60+ passes in a season, and that alone can return RB3 value.
|Duke Johnson confirms trade request|
Reported for minicamp on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jun 4, 2:00 pm
|Reuniting with the Browns hasn't caused Duke Johnson to rethink his trade request.
The versatile veteran running back insisted Tuesday he still wants to be traded and nothing can be done to change his mind. "Me being upset and me still wanting to be traded is not going to stop me from coming out here and performing at a high level." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Duke skipped the voluntary portion of the Browns workouts but did report to minicamp on Monday. Johnson claims the Browns put him on the trading block a month before his request to be traded. With Kareem Hunt serving an 8-game suspension the Browns could use Johnson's services during the first half of the season.
|Duke Johnson seeking trade from Cleveland|
Browns RB skips voluntary OTAs on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Apr 1, 5:00 pm
|Duke Johnson’s reps have asked the Browns to trade him, a league source told cleveland.com.
The Jets, Texans and Eagles have all been interested in Johnson ever since the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt in February, a league source said. Other teams have inquired as well. In what appears to be a statement about not wanting to be here, Johnson was a no-show for the Browns’ voluntary offseason program Monday, coach Freddie Kitchens said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: After being underutilized the majority of last season (only 87 touches) and seeing Kareem Hunt added this off-season, it appears Duke has had enough. There simply aren't enough footballs to go around with all the mouths to feed in Cleveland.