Browns' Duke Johnson says team put him on trade block before he asked to be dealt

Browns RB Duke Johnson on his lack of touches: ‘I can help this team win given more opportunities’

Duke Johnson still wants out of Cleveland.

The Browns running back said he still wants to be traded, but also gave more details about how his original request to be dealt came to be.

“My trade request was to meet them at a middle ground,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I was put on the trade block a month before I requested a trade.”

News that Johnson wanted to be traded first came out in April after the team signed recently cut Chiefs running back and 2017 Pro Bowl player Kareem Hunt.

Browns general manager John Dorsey has consistently said the team will not deal Johnson publicly, but if the running back is to be believed, it was Cleveland who wanted to move him first.

Johnson said the news made him feel “unwanted.”

However, he said he is happy to be traded if it’s best for the team.

“I was put on the trade block to kind of see what the team could get,” he said. “And I mean, at the end of the day, I understand the nature of the business, I understand his job, John Dorsey’s job, is to do what’s best for the team and the organization.

“And again, if that’s getting rid of me for a bigger piece, for a better piece, then I’m OK with it.”

Johnson played in 16 games with the Browns last season (four starts) and rushed for 201 yards while catching 47 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns.