PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even after acquiring running back Jordan Howard from the Bears last week, the Eagles may not be finished retooling the position just yet. According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Eagles have shown interest in Browns running back Duke Johnson.
Cabot reports Johnson’s camp has requested a trade after an offseason full of rumors. The 25-year-old was a no-show at the Browns’ voluntary offseason program Monday.
Johnson is a dynamic pass-catcher and a dual-threat in the mold of Darren Sproles. With Sproles contemplating retirement, the Eagles appear to be in need of a passing-down back.
Right now, the Eagles backfield consists of Howard, Josh Adams, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. Johnson is a bit on the small side at 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, but his numbers speak for itself.
In his four NFL seasons, Johnson has averaged 4.3 yards per carry and has scored five total rushing touchdowns. In the passing game, Johnson has averaged 9.2 yards per catch and eight total receiving touchdowns.
Johnson put up his best numbers in 2017 with seven combined touchdowns and 1,041 total yards. The Browns then rewarded him with a three-year, $15 million deal.
With second-year running back Nick Chubb coming on strong at the end of last season and now the addition of Kareem Hunt, the Browns could be looking to move Johnson’s contract.
Cabot also mentions the New York Jets and Houston Texans as interested teams.