Duke Johnson’s scenario caused some angst over the Browns walls in Berea, Ohio. The Cleveland running back, however, is not fretting about any possible awkwardness that may derive from his trade request and teammates’ reactions.
«I do not really concern myself with that,» Johnson told George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal over the weekend in a youth bowling event hosted by Browns teammate Rashard Higgins.
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The running back noted that he’d address the issue when training camp opens July 24, if asked. Johnson will be asked.
The scuttle began when Johnson joined teammates in June minicamp and confirmed his desire to be traded. The comments did not sit well with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who in the time chastised the RB for the self-inflicted circumstance and stated Johnson should jump onto the team train or escape.
The Mayfield remarks then resulted in a report by NFL Network’s Mike Silver which many veteran players took issue with the QB sticking his nose into a teammate’s business interests.
When asked over the weekend when he understood about teammates sticking him up at the moment, Johnson responded:»No, sir.»
The dance between the Browns and Johnson won’t end soon. 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 — that generally never occurs at this phase of the offseason to get non-star players. Johnson needs a working situation with a team that will be more prepared to commit past this year.
Apparently the lone negative narrative emanating from Cleveland that this offseason, it’s a precarious situation certain to be addressed again later this month at training camp.
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