In the span of a year, the Cleveland Browns have gone from one of the most talentless teams in the NFL to one of its most saturated. After acquiring all-world wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. though, the Browns seem poised to move one of their other offensive stars.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns are looking into moving running back Duke Johnson. Per the report, the Browns are shopping him and are currently awaiting the “right offer” for the former Miami Hurricanes star.
Cabot also noted that the Browns are “holding out for good compensation.” At least three teams are reportedly interested in Johnson.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2019
A third-round pick by the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson has demonstrated far more effectiveness as a pass catcher out of the backfield than as a runner.
He ran the ball only 40 times last year, but caught the ball 47 times for three touchdowns and over 400 yards.
In four seasons in Cleveland, Johnson has 299 carries for 1,286 yards and five touchdowns. Through the air, he has added another 235 receptions for 2,170 yards and eight touchdowns.
Johnson has quickly fallen down the Browns depth chart with the emergence of Nick Chubb, the free agent signing of Kareem Hunt earlier this year, and the various skill player acquisitions that the team has made.