It’s apparent that Duke Johnson’s tenure with the Cleveland Browns is coming to an end sooner than some fans want.
His name has popped up in trade talks during the offseason and now as of Monday evening, Johnson’s representatives have requested a trade according to Cleveland.com and he didn’t show for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts.
I think the Browns don’t want to trade the versatile running back unless they’re blown away with an offer but with the distraction that the situation is starting to become and the team looking to take the next step forward, they should look to handle his request quickly to avoid the distraction go into training camp or the regular season.
Johnson clearly wants a new opportunity and the fact that Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (once his suspension ends) will be ahead of him on depth chart, his role on offense will be non-existent.
He won’t be a starter on any other team but he’s a dynamic playmaker and the stats back it up
The Jets, Eagles and Texans are all interested in Johnson and each spot would be interesting for Johnson.
The Jets and Texans already have versatile running backs in Le’Veon Bell and Lamar Miller respectively who can do what Johnson does so I’m not sure of the fit with those two teams.
The Eagles make sense though as they need a solid #2 running back behind newly acquired Jordan Howard who is more of a pure runner where as Johnson could be used more out of the backfield as a receiver.
Mike Kaye of NJ.com suggested last week that an Emmanuel Ogbah for Rasul Douglas deal would make sense for both the Browns and Eagles. Now that Ogbah has been moved, maybe a Johnson for Douglas deal could make sense.
Douglas is a third year corner that’s being overshadowed by Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones and could use a new home to showcase his talents.
The Browns have a need in the secondary at both cornerback and safety and Douglas is versatile to play both positions.