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Duke Johnson Trade Could Mean Lamar Miller is on His Way Out in Houston

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texans rushes the ball defended by Emmanuel Ogbah #90 of the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter at NRG Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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After months of calling for a trade, former Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson has finally gotten his wish, as he was shipped to the Houston Texans on Thursday.

So, what does that mean for current Texans back Lamar Miller?

With Miller coming up on a contract year and inconsistent play throughout his three years in Houston, the 2019 season will likely be his last with the Texans.

NFL teams usually deploy two running backs pretty evenly on Sundays, so it's not out of the question that Houston would ride with this Miller/Johnson combo beyond this season if it works out.

However, Johnson, who is signed through 2021, has proven to be a talented, multi-faceted running back and it'd be cheaper to draft someone younger than the former 2012 fourth-rounder in Miller.

Miller, 28, has rushed for over 1,000 yards twice over his career, and last season he racked up 973 yards on 210 carriers and five touchdowns. He takes care of the football and solid in short yardage situations, but the writing appears to be on the wall.