Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson — by Scott Piker
When the Cleveland Browns signed running back Carlos Hyde during free agency and drafted Nick Chubb in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, what did that mean for Duke Johnson?
We have an answer to that question. Johnson will create a three man backfield by committee for head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
On June 7, the Browns and Johnson agreed to a three year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $15.6 million. $7.7 million is guaranteed. The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus. The news was first reported by the NFL Network.
“I’m excited. It’s fun to see how this team is shaping out and I want to be a part of it,” Johnson said via a release from the team. “You can see it with the guys they brought in on offense like Tyrod (Taylor) and (Jarvis) Landry plus the guys we already had. I think bringing in coach (Todd) Haley adds another dimension to our offense and it gives coach (Hue) Jackson the chance to be the head coach. John Dorsey has been bringing in guys that can play, that can ball, and that gives us a chance. Now it’s about going out and doing it now.”
“Duke Johnson is a good football player. His hard work and commitment to the Browns organization is appreciated and we are excited to extend his contract and keep him in a Browns uniform for years to come,” general manager John Dorsey in a release from the team. “Duke is an excellent representative our organization. He leads by example and we look forward to him playing an important role with the Cleveland Browns moving forward.”
Johnson was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Johnson was the Browns most productive offensive weapon during the 0-16 season in 2017. He tallied 1,041 total yards last season and found the end zone seven times.
Johnson lead the Browns in receiving. He hauled in 74 catches for 693 yards. He also rushed for 348 yards on 82 carries.
The Browns selected Johnson in the thirds round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami.