Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
The running back position for the Houston Texans is an interesting one. A few years ago they let the best running back in team history, Arian Foster, walk in favor of Lamar Miller. Miller has been very solid and a little unspectacular.
Behind him, the Texans have primarily used Alfred Blue who is the definition of consistent (at a below-average level) and unspectacular. Blue is likely gone this offseason which leaves D’Onta Foreman who is still working on getting back to full football speed after his Achilles tear.
So, all of that being said, it’s reasonable to think that the Texans will look to address the running back position in some sort of fashion this offseason. Many wanted the team to sign Le’Veon Bell but that would not have been wise and it is now off of the table. There isn’t much else on the free agent market that inspires confidence on the free agent market.
Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns would be an interesting addition to the Houston Texans. They drafted Nick Chubb last season and he came on really strong towards the end of the season and looks to be their feature back this year. Additionally, the signed Kareem Hunt to a one year deal and he’ll be able to play after his eight-game suspension is served.
Thus, it stands to reason that Johnson could want out of Cleveland and Cleveland could want to ship him out. He’s on the first year of a three-year extension and the Browns may not want to invest a ton into a third running back.
Johnson is an excellent receiver out of the backfield in addition to being a fairly decisive runner. The Houston Texans could use an excellent receiver to pair with Deshaun Watson in the backfield as a dump off option that can get stuff done with the ball in his hands. This could be an underrated, excellent move to make this offseason.