Browns to receive third-round pick in Duke Johnson trade with Texans
On August 8th, the Browns traded Johnson to the Texans in return for a 2020 fourth-round selection that would turn into a third-rounder if he is on the active roster for 10 games. On Sunday, against the Baltimore Ravens, Houston officially activated him for the 10th time in the 2019 season, giving the Browns a bump-up for the trade.
Cleveland traded Johnson after he publicly stated his disgruntlement with the team amid the addition of Kareem Hunt in the offseason. Behind Hunt and Nick Chubb, he did not see a large role in the Browns offense.
A career change of pace back, Johnson has complimented starter Carlos Hyde in Houston. In his nine games with the Texans, the former Miami Hurricane has recorded 54 rush attempts for 287 yards (5.3 yards per average [career-high]) and a touchdown. He has 22 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite the now-steep price the Texans paid to acquire Johnson, they are elated to have him on their roster.
“Duke‘s a good player. He’s a very instinctive guy,” said coach Bill O’Brien on Oct. 14 via Texans Wire. “He’s been doing a good job for us as a — in the passing game, he’s been doing a good job.”
While the Texans have a complementary back for their productive ground game, the Browns have a high-round draft pick in return for the talented player. The Johnson trade appears to be one of the rare win-win deals in the NFL.