Browns RB Duke Johnson will report to training camp despite trade request
Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson has made it known that he wants a trade from the team. However, he will still show up to work as the Browns begin training camp.
Browns RB Duke Johnson, who has requested a trade from Cleveland, will report to the Browns for training camp today, source said. His situation remains fluid, but he will be present.
Johnson, 25, was a third-round pick of the Browns back in 2015. He’s in the first year of a three-year, $15.6 extension which he signed last year and will earn a base salary of $1.8 million this year.
He’s played in 64 out of a possible 64 games in his four-year NFL career, racking up 1,286 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns with 2,170 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.
Johnson set new career lows in touches (87) and yards from scrimmage (630) last season as he found himself behind Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde in the Browns’ running back depth chart. And while Hyde is no longer with the team this year, Johnson still figures to be firmly behind Chubb in the pecking order.
It will be interesting to see how Johnson’s presence in camp affects the Browns. Quarterback Baker Mayfield did not react too well following Johnson’s trade request and needed to be approached by the team’s veteran players.
However, Jarvis Landry has assured everyone that Johnson’s situation will not be a distraction as the Browns attempt to prepare for a big season where they face significant expectations after a busy offseason.