After months of trade speculation surrounding Duke Johnson Jr., the Browns have finally decided to move on from the former Miami product.
Once the Browns signed Kareem Hunt to their roster, Johnson felt as if the backfield became too crowded. The team already has a rising star at running back in Nick Chubb.
Baker Mayfield made headlines when he publicly commented on Johnson’s trade request from the Browns.
With the regular season roughly one month away, the Browns have agreed to send Johnson to the Texans.
Cleveland will received a fourth-round pick that could potentially turn into a third-round selection from Houston.
The Browns announced the move on social media this morning.
We’ve traded Duke Johnson Jr. to the Houston Texans
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 8, 2019
Last season, the versatile tailback had 47 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 201 yards on the ground for Cleveland.
Johnson has a much better opportunity to shine this season with the Texans. Outside of Lamar Miller, the offense doesn’t have many options at tailback.
Earlier this week, the Texans made an interesting choice to cut D’Onta Foreman. Clearly, the front office wanted to add another running back before the season starts.
It’ll take a few weeks, if not longer, for Johnson to learn the playbook in Houston.
While the Texans are dangerous on offense with Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, that unit could get even better once Johnson is ready to contribute.