Cleveland Browns Trade RB Duke Johnson to Houston Texans

Duke Johnson’s demands have been granted.

The Cleveland Browns announced on Thursday that they traded the 25-year-old running back to the Houston Texans for a 2020 undisclosed draft pick.

Johnson recently fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus in an attempt to expedite a trade from the Browns. The running back had been holding out of training camp and expressed a desire to leave Cleveland after it signed Kareem Hunt this offseason, who will miss the first eight games of the season due to a suspension.

Johnson was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the draft in 2015, and has proven to show value as a pass-catching back, but saw a drop in his usage last season.

He caught just 47 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 following a season in which he totaled 74 catches for 693 yards. While Hunt will miss the first eight games, he would likely take over as the pass-catching back behind second-year starter Nick Chubb, who set a rookie franchise record in rushing yards last season.

Johnson can expect to have a larger role in Houston. The Texans recently cut running back D'Onta Foreman and were in the market for a backup running back behind Lamar Miller.

Johnson should slide into that role and could see an increase in opportunities as the pass-catching back in Bill O'Brien's offense.