Fresh off waiving former third round selection D’Onta Foreman, the Texans have made a move to add talent and depth to the running back position by trading for Browns RB Duke Johnson Jr. The details of the swap, per Adam Schefter and Tom Pelissero, are:
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
Compensation update: Texans traded a conditional 4th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 3rd-round pick to the Browns for running back Duke Johnson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 8, 2019
Johnson had been looking to get out of Cleveland since the start of the offseason after the Browns loaded up their backfield with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Johnson is a former third round pick of the Browns and signed a 3 year deal extension last offseason for $15.6 million.
Are you pleased or disappointed with what the Texans sent the Browns to acquire Johnson?What do you make of the Texans’ newest running back? Do you think he can fill the shoes of D’Onta Foreman or even challenge Lamar Miller for starting touches?
UPDATE: Here’s how the fourth-round pick could turn into a third-round pick.
If Duke Johnson is active for 10 games, Texans will give Browns a third-round pick.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 8, 2019
UPDATE II: In case you were wondering who actually handled the trade for the Texans, what with them not having a general manager and all, it was Bill O’Brien.
The Duke Johnson trade was done by #Browns GM John Dorsey and #Texans coach Bill O’Brien, I’m told. Without a GM, Houston has several qualified personnel people assuming different roles, but it was O’Brien on the phone with Dorsey.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2019
UPDATE III: Johnson is under contract for the next three seasons, which may make this a more palatable trade for those who were initially peeved that the cost is likely a third round pick in 2020.
On Duke Johnson, Jr.:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 8, 2019
* Under contract through 2021
* Due base salaries of $1.8M, $3.6M, $4.65M
* Since entering the NFL in 2015, he leads all RB with 2,170 receiving yards
* Third in RB receptions since 2015 with 235
* Career rushing average of 4.3 on 299 attempts