Duke Johnson participating in Browns OTAs after skipping the offseason program until now, source says

Duke Johnson participating in Browns OTAs after skipping the offseason program until now, source says

  • CLEVELAND, Ohio – Running back Duke Johnson, who’s skipped the Browns’ voluntary offseason program until now, will participate in OTAs which begin Tuesday, a league source told cleveland.com.
  • Johnson’s agent, Kristin Campbell, asked the Browns to trade him as reported by cleveland.com, but the club has steadfastly said he’ll be an integral part of the team this season despite the fact they signed Kareem Hunt.
  • “Then, it’s our job to get them the ball and to help enable them to help us win in whatever role that is. Duke Johnson is on this football team, Duke Johnson will have a vital role in this football team and Duke Johnson will help us win football games. Am I surprised that he’s still here? No, not one bit. I haven’t wavered and never said anything different other than that.”
  • Browns GM John Dorsey acknowledged before the draft that he had conversations with Campbell about trading Johnson.
  • In an apparent statement about his situation, Johnson skipped the first six weeks of the offeason program, including the extra voluntary minicamp April 23-25 awarded to new head coaches.
  • Johnson has asked to be traded, in part, because he could become expendable when running back Kareem Hunt comes off his eight-game suspension Nov. 10 at home against the Bills.
  • At this present time, it’s best for Duke Johnson to be a member of the Cleveland Browns and everybody feels that way.