Browns general manager John Dorsey isn’t rushing to trade running back Duke Johnson, who has asked to be moved.

During his pre-draft news conference Wednesday, Dorsey said Johnson has not reported for the Browns’ voluntary offseason workout program, which began on April 1. Johnson was unhappy with a reduced role last season and his playing time could be affected even more after the signing of Kareem Hunt, who will serve an eight-game NFL suspension to start next season for off-field physical altercations.

Dorsey said he has spoken with Johnson’s agent and coach Freddie Kitchens has texted with him. Dorsey called Johnson a “talented playmaker” and says he looks forward to “seeing him on the field on Sundays.”

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson (29) runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson (29) runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

“I continually keep telling you all that Duke is a very talented football player,” Dorsey said. “We see a lot of stuff for Duke moving forward into the future with regards to him. He is a member of this organization moving forward.”

It’s not clear if the Browns intend to keep the versatile Johnson, who ran for 201 yards on a career-low 40 carries last season. Johnson was used more in third-down situations behind primary back Nick Chubb, who rushed for 996 yards as a rookie.

“There are 53 guys on this football team. It is about winning,” Dorsey said. “That is the sole objective of this thing moving forward is winning football. Is he a talented football player? Yeah, he is really good, and he is going to help this offense move forward.”

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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