It ends a long offseason of controversy surrounding Johnson, who made it clear that he wanted to be traded. He didn’t care that the Browns are poised to be a contending team this year — he had lost the trust of the organization, after GM John Dorsey considered trading him after last season.
According to Tom Pelissero, the pick that Cleveland receives will be a 4th rounder at the very least, but could upgrade to being a 3rd rounder. Lane Adkins of The OBR seems to hint that the pick is more likely to be a 3rd rounder.
Adkins also hints that Johnson’s “hamstring holdout” was part of his plan to get traded.
The trade likely assures a spot on the roster to RB Dontrell Hilliard, who has been impressive in camp as a receiver. With RB Kareem Hunt suspended for the first 8 regular season games, Hilliard will have a significant role to begin the year as the backup to RB Nick Chubb.
What is your reaction to the trade, Browns fans?
Do you support the Browns trading RB Duke Johnson?
This poll is closed
Yes, solid move by Dorsey!
Meh, I can live with it
Ugh, we should have kept him