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Browns GM in no rush to trade RB Duke Johnson

Thu Apr 18 1:31pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

Players: Duke Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns general manager John Dorsey says he's in no rush to trade running back Duke Johnson, who has asked to be moved.

During his pre-draft news conference Wednesday, Dorsey said Johnson has not reported for the Browns' voluntary offseason workout program, which began on April 1. Johnson was unhappy with a reduced role last season and his playing time could be affected even more after the signing of Kareem Hunt, who will serve an eight-game NFL suspension to start next season for off-field physical altercations.

Dorsey said he has spoken with Johnson's agent and coach Freddie Kitchens has texted with him. Dorsey called Johnson a ''talented playmaker'' and says he looks forward to ''seeing him on the field on Sundays.''

It's not clear if the Browns intend to keep the versatile Johnson, who ran for 201 yards on a career-low 40 carries last season. Johnson was used more in third-down situations behind primary back Nick Chubb, who rushed for 996 yards as a rookie.

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Aaron Rodgers May 21 9:53pm ET

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Fred Warner May 21 8:43pm ET

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Bobby Wagner May 21 8:13pm ET

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Ezekiel Ansah May 21 8:13pm ET

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Bradley McDougald May 21 8:13pm ET

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Jarran Reed May 21 8:13pm ET

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Antonio Brown May 21 7:43pm ET

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Jake Ryan May 21 7:23pm ET

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T Y Hilton May 21 7:13pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Hilton is expected to be limited this offseason but should be a full participant during training camp. He has been one of the better receivers in the NFL over the last several seasons and could be a low-end No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.

Gerald McCoy May 21 6:53pm ET

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Charles Harris May 21 6:43pm ET

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Raekwon McMillan May 21 6:43pm ET

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Matt Milano May 21 6:33pm ET

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