Texans cut Duke Johnson

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The Houston Texans have one less running back.

Duke Johnson has been released, per a source with knowledge of the move. It comes as no surprise, given that Johnson had a non-guaranteed $4.65 million salary in 2021. He also was due to make another $500,000 through a workout bonus and per-game roster bonuses worth up to $400,000.

Johnson spent four years in Cleveland before a trade sent him to Houston in 2019. He had 235 rushing yards and 249 receiving yards in 11 games last season.

The next question becomes whether the Texans will keep or move on from running back David Johnson. Appearing in 12 games during his first season with the Texans (he arrived as part of the DeAndre Hopkins trade), Johnson had 691 rushing yards, 314 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns. He’s due to make $7.95 million in base salary this year, $2.1 million of which is fully guaranteed.

14 responses to “Texans cut Duke Johnson

  1. I always liked Duke at Cleveland but he never quite developed into the main guy. Both he and David Johnson have value – but lower than these current salaries – for someone. Backs that can catch always have value.

  2. Duke and David ain’t a bad combo, but way too much money and certainly (in David’s case) kind of unfair to be attached to D Hop.

  3. “The next question becomes whether the Texans will keep or move on from running back David Johnson. Appearing in 12 games during his first season with the Texans (he arrived as part of the DeAndre Hopkins trade), Johnson had 691 rushing yards, 314 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns.”
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    DeAndre Hopkins – 1,400 yds and 6 TDs at $27,250,000/yr
    David Johnson – 1,000 yds and 8 TDs at $11,000,000/yr plus a 2nd rd pick.

    AND Deshaun Watson had his best career year WITHOUT Hopkins.

    So I guess O’Brien actually was right about the trade and also saved the Texans $16,000,000 a year.

  4. DeAndre Hopkins – 1,400 yds and 6 TDs at $27,250,000/yr
    David Johnson – 1,000 yds and 8 TDs at $11,000,000/yr plus a 2nd rd pick.

    AND Deshaun Watson had his best career year WITHOUT Hopkins.

    So I guess O’Brien actually was right about the trade and also saved the Texans $16,000,000 a year.

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    Career year? Bc of stats?

    Most of those additional numbers came during losses when they were down and had to throw against soft coverage.

    They went to the playoffs the previous two years with Hopkins and Watson. This year they went 4-12.

    So i wouldn’t say that’s a career year or a successful trade.

  5. mikefloreo says: “Most of those additional numbers came during losses when they were down and had to throw against soft coverage.”
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    Um, you should check DeAndre Hopkins 2020 stat splits first:

    When Leading or Tied: 45 catches on 67 targets, 667 yards, 3 TDs
    When Trailing: 70 catches on 93 targets, 740 yards 3 TDs

    Seems to me Hopkins was benefitting from “soft” coverage too. And doesn’t that mean the Texans were running LESS with David Johnson because they were behind, so his stats coud’ve been even better? Again, that supports the fact O’Brien made the right trade here.

  6. Duke is legit as a piece in a viable offense. WFT should sign him to spell Antonio Gibson here and there.

  7. One of the more disappointing careers in recent memory. I thought he’d be great in the NFL, but it’s just never happened.

  8. Probably his best day as a pro. Getting cut by the Texans is like escaping from a burning building.

  9. Wow. The Texans are becoming the metaphorical WW2 fire-bombing of Dresden this off season. Total devastation…..

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