On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have completed a trade with the Houston Texans, sending them running back Duke Johnson in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2020.
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.
The #Texans traded a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft that can become a third-rounder to the #Browns for Duke Johnson, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 8, 2019
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