Rumor: Browns won’t consider trading Duke Johnson until around the midseason deadline
Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson has been wanting out of the organization for a while. With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in-place, the talented former Miami Hurricanes star is looking for a bigger role than Cleveland can offer. Despite earlier trade talks, a hiring of NFL super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, and public trade requests, he’s still on the roster.
CBS Sports’ NFL insider Jason La Canfora — visiting Browns training camp — pitched his two cents on the situation.
“Don’t hold your breath for a Duke Johnson trade anytime soon. Maybe around the midseason trade deadline, if the team is in great health and Hunt is still on track to return. But this club is about having as much veteran depth as possible right now.”
Waiting for the trade deadline makes sense for the Browns. Though Chubb and Hunt form an intriguing combo, the two will not pair up on an NFL gridiron until later in the 2019 season. Back on March 15th, the NFL announced that Hunt will be suspended the first eight games of the season following a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from a leaked video of him hitting a woman, which ultimately led to a release by the Kansas City Chiefs despite a Pro-Bowl caliber season in 2018.
With Hunt forced to sit games, Johnson is the Browns’ best backup to Chubb on their current roster. He’s tallied 3,456 scrimmage yards in four seasons of play in Cleveland and earned an extension last offseason. Behind the two is a hodgepodge of inexperienced backs.