After Brown's returned Duke Johnson, who was asked to trade, John Dorsey, General Manager of Browns, channeled Tommy Lee Jones, essentially saying: I do not care. Brown's coach Freddie Kitchens agrees:
"At this point, it's not important for me to ask for a trade," said Kitchens about ESPN. "He is a Cleveland Brown. Duke is the type of guy who will show up, and he'll do his job and he'll do his job well. That's all I can ask for as a coach. His demands are not affected by this one bit.
Kitchens insisted Johnson would be on the list in 2019.
"Duke is under contract," said Kitchens. "I've been saying this for a month, I do not know where all these trade talks started. People just assumed that we would trade it because we had committed another good footballer [Kareem Hunt]. I like good football players and I like as many as I can. It is our job to bring him to the ball and promote him in every role. Duke Johnson is in this football team and will play an important role in this team helping us to win football matches. Am I surprised that he is still here? No, not a bit. I have never said anything else. "
Johnson played all 16 games last year, but had a diminished role on offense, finishing the season with career lows in straits, rushing yards, catches and yards. In his fifth season, Johnson appears to be a player the Browns could easily choose from, but both Kitchens and Dorsey have indicated that this will not happen soon.