Texans launch Duke Johnson two years after buying him, crew reportedly hopes to retain David Johnson

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The Houston Texans are persevering with with their roster purge. On Friday, the crew launched working again Duke Johnson, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Browns previous to the 2019 season in change for a third-round draft decide. 

Former head coach and de facto basic supervisor Invoice O’Brien made that deal for Johnson following an damage to incumbent starter Lamar Miller, however finally determined at hand the beginning reins to late-August commerce acquisition Carlos Hyde. Johnson was thus relegated to a similarly-sized backup position to the one he performed in Cleveland, and he was once more efficient on a per-touch foundation and at creating missed tackles and massive performs within the passing recreation. 

The Texans then let Hyde go away in free company, solely to accumulate David Johnson within the disastrous DeAndre Hopkins commerce. David Johnson was the lead again forward of Duke for a lot of the 2020 season, although Duke did fill in throughout the video games that David missed attributable to accidents. The 2020 marketing campaign was Duke’s least efficient as a professional, along with his yards per contact common dropping from 6.5 throughout the first 5 years of his profession to simply 4.6 final season. 

Talking of David, nevertheless, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle studies that the Texans want to retain him for subsequent season. He’s underneath contract by way of 2021, however Wilson notes that the crew want to deliver down his $8.512 million cap hit. If Houston have been to launch David similarly to Duke, they’d clear round $6.7 million off the cap. 

In the meantime, Duke’s launch saves the Texans round $5 million on the wage cap in 2021, and sends him into the free-agent market at 27 years outdated. Nonetheless a robust pass-catcher and elusive within the open subject, Johnson ought to draw curiosity from groups in want of a flexible participant who can contribute within the passing recreation. Amongst others, the SteelersTitansRaidersBuccaneers, and Seahawks seem to be potential suits. 


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