The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that they’ve traded RB Duke Johnson to the Texans for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.
- According to Tom Pelissero, the Browns will receive a 2020 fourth-round pick that can become a third-round pick from the Texans in return for Johnson.
- John McClain notes that the Browns get a third-round pick if Johnson is active for 10 games in 2019.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the trade was completed between Texans HC Bill O’Brien and Browns GM John Dorsey during a recent phone call.
Johnson previously requested a trade, but the Browns had maintained publicly that they were planning to keep him as part of their offensive attack this season.
However, it appears as though the Texans got an offer they couldn’t refuse from the Texans, who could use another running back after cutting D’Onta Foreman loose this week.
Johnson, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Browns back in 2015. He was in the final year of his four-year, $3.105 million contract when he agreed to a three-year, $15.6 million extension for the 2018 season.
Johnson stands to make base salaries of $1.8 million and $3.6 million over the next two years of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Johnson will free up $800,000 of available cap space while creating $2,250,000 in dead money.
In 2018, Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Browns and rushed for 201 yards on 40 carries (5 YPC) to go along with 47 receptions for 429 yards receiving and three touchdowns.