Duke Johnson set to report to Browns camp

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Running back Duke Johnson wants to play for someone other than the Browns, but that’s reportedly not going to keep him from joining the team at training camp.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Johnson will report to the Browns’ facility in Berea, Ohio along with his teammates on Wednesday. Johnson did not take part in voluntary work this offseason after requesting a trade to a different team, but he was present for the mandatory minicamp in June.

Johnson hired agent Drew Rosenhaus earlier this month and Rosenhaus met with the Browns on Tuesday to discuss his client’s status, but there doesn’t appear to be an imminent change to the status quo. The Browns have said they have no interest in dealing Johnson ahead of the 2019 season.

Johnson’s desire to be traded drew a strong, negative response from quarterback Baker Mayfield that was reportedly not taken well by some other members of the team. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry downplayed the potential for those comments or Johnson’s request to be an issue inside the locker room, however, and it appears everyone is moving forward for the time being.

2 responses to “Duke Johnson set to report to Browns camp

  1. I understand Duke wants a longer term deal for risking his health and ability to make money down the road being 3rd string for most of the year…

    However, he’s a decent 3rd down back that is a better WR than RB, and before Chubbs’ ascension, he was working as a goal line spread formation. He will 100% cede plays to Hunt at the goal line when his suspension is over. He will likely be a true 3rd down only back and unable to duplicate anything close to his numbers from the last two years. So he wants to be paid on his previous body of work, or traded where he can continue to get the playing time to earn a contract next year.

    About a decade ago, I was “live up to your commitments” guy. But now, I stopped thinking about it as a commitment to ME, the fan, and more so as a commitment to the owner of the team. When I see these owners cutting players that they committed to, it feels fair that the ones with value fight for theirs.

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