Report: Cowboys, Eagles interested in trading for RB Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson seems like a natural trade candidate, and a few NFC East teams reportedly have interest in him.
The Cleveland Browns signed controversial running back Kareem Hunt last month, giving them an overflow of capable backs. In addition to Hunt and Johnson, they also have Nick Chubb, a second-round pick last year who rushed for just under 1,000 yards as a rookie.
On Monday, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that several teams had interest in trading for Johnson. Miami reporter Andy Slater says that the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are two of the teams that have trade interest in Johnson.
SLATER SCOOP: Eagles and Cowboys have both expressed interest in trading for Browns RB Duke Johnson, source tells me.@MaryKayCabot first reported interest by multiple teams.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) March 4, 2019
Johnson was a third-round pick by the Browns in 2015 out of Miami. He only had 40 carries last season, though he remains a big factor in the passing game. Johnson had 47 catches for 429 yards and 3 touchdowns and has 2,170 receiving yards during his career.
Philly has a mixture of backs including Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams. Jay Ajayi is a free agent. Dallas has Ezekiel Elliott but may like Johnson as a third-down option.