Duke Johnson’s scenario caused some angst in Berea, Ohio within the Browns walls. The Cleveland running back, however, is not fretting about any potential awkwardness that might derive from his trade request and teammates’ reactions.
“I don’t really concern myself with this,” Johnson told George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal over the weekend at a youth bowling event hosted by Browns teammate Rashard Higgins.
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The running back noted he’d cover the problem when training camp opens July 24, if requested. Johnson will be asked.
The scuttle started when Johnson joined teammates at June minicamp and affirmed his desire to be traded. The comments didn’t sit well with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who at the time chastised the RB for the self-inflicted circumstance and said Johnson should jump onto the team train or escape.
The Mayfield comments then resulted in a report by NFL Network’s Mike Silver that several veteran players took issue with the QB sticking his nose into a teammate’s business interests.
When asked over the weekend if he knew about teammates sticking up for him at the moment, Johnson responded:”No, sir.”
The dance between the Browns and Johnson will not end soon. Together with Kareem Hunt suspended the first eight matches, Cleveland is in no hurry to unload Johnson before the trade deadline, unless they’re bowled over by an offer — which generally never occurs at this stage of the offseason to get non-star players. Johnson needs a working situation with a group that would be more prepared to commit past this year.
Seemingly the only negative narrative emanating from Cleveland this offseason, it’s a precarious situation sure to be addressed later this month in training camp.
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