Duke Johnson has asked Browns to trade him

Duke Johnson a no-show for the start of the Browns' offseason program

Duke Johnson a no-show for the start of the Browns' offseason program

The Cleveland Browns are collecting more talent this offseason, but one of their talented players wants out.

Running back Duke Johnson has officially requested a trade, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Johnson did not attend the Browns voluntary offseason workout program Monday.

"Duke Johnson will have a role on our football team".

Who is interested in Duke Johnson?

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He said he didn't know if it was in response to the Browns signing Kareem Hunt and all the trade rumors swirling around Johnson. He did add 429 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Cabot listed those three teams, but presumably others will be calling Cleveland.

There will be plenty of teams eager to give him a shot, and the Browns offense will still be loaded with the likes of Hunt, Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Hunt will be suspended for the first eight games of the 2018 season. Johnson spent much of last season frustrated by his lack of touches, but never went public with his beef except to say a few times that he was embracing his primary role as a blocker. The Browns then rewarded him with a three-year, $15 million deal. As a result, the Texans are down to just two backs on the active roster, starter Lamar Miller and third-year back D'Onta Foreman. Cabot wrote that the Browns are holding out for a high draft pick for Johnson.

"I don't know why it's assumed that we're going to trade Duke Johnson, " Kitchens said last week. One minute, we all think everything is flawless in Cleveland and the next, one of their best players wants out.

The Browns' phones should be busy before the draft. We'll see if they deal Johnson, or if they call his bluff and force him to report. Although, it is worth noting that Johnson (a versatile pass-catching threat) is a completely different type of running back than Howard (a more old-school power runner who doesn't offer much as a pass catcher).

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