The Cleveland Browns have been making some player-for-player trades this offseason and could look to do so again with running back Duke Johnson, who reportedly did ask to be traded
Trades in the NFL used to be incredibly rare, but that’s changed in recent years. Teams have become much more willing to switch out players with one another and the Cleveland Browns have been doing that as much as anyone since John Dorsey took over as general manager — and they could be making another move soon as backup running back Duke Johnson has reportedly requested a trade.
Should the Browns grant his request, he would join the ranks of right guard Kevin Zeitler, strong safety Jabrill Peppers, and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah who were all sent to a new home this offseason. And while draft picks were involved in some of the deals they have made, Cleveland has been getting in on the player-for-player swap.
The first was the move to send Zeitler to the New York Giants in exchange for edge rusher Olivier Vernon. That move originally included a swap of picks, but later the franchises renegotiated the deal and those picks were excluded. Part of the reason they did this was due to another agreement later, which included sending Peppers and two draft picks for Odell Beckham, Jr.
More recently, Dorsey pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Ogbah to his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs. In exchange, the Browns got safety Eric Murray who was originally picked by Dorsey out of Minnesota while he was still calling shots for Kansas City.
With the team frequenting the player-for-player market, there’s a chance they could look to do the same with Duke Johnson, should they grant his request. If so, here are three possible trades that could make sense.