Duke Johnson Jr. finally got his wish. After spending the whole NFL offseason growing increasingly disgruntled from the Cleveland Browns and repeatedly insisting on a trade out of town, he's now headed out the door.
The 25-year-old running back has been dealt to the Houston Texans for a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick.
Known as a talented pass-catcher out of the backfield, Johnson gets a fresh start with a team built to compete in the AFC. His best season to date came in 2017, but his workload took a serious hit last season in The Land; he recorded career lows in both carries and receptions despite averaging 7.2 yards per touch.
And he was only becoming a bigger and bigger distraction at camp.
Lamar Miller is clearly established as the feature back in H-Town, but with the sudden departure of D'Onta Forman, the way is clear for Johnson to be the proper change-of-pace back to help take some heat off franchise QB Deshaun Watson.
Duke wasn't wrong to want a way out of Cleveland. And now, he's got precisely that.