Browns running back Duke Johnson has parted ways with his agent, Kristin Campbell, just one month after he requested again to be traded from Cleveland.
Campbell confirmed the move to Cleveland.com on Tuesday.
“I am very proud that we were able to secure him a lucrative extension during our time with him,’’ she said. “We wish him the best.’’
In June 2018, Johnson signed a three-year, $15.6 million deal with the Browns. He is under contract through the 2021 season.
Johnson originally said he wanted to be traded in March, one month after he heard the Browns were trying to deal him. His request for a trade intensified once the team signed Kareem Hunt, even though Hunt will be ineligible to play the first eight games of the season because of his suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield criticized Johnson and said the damage to the relationship between the running back and the team was on Johnson, which further deepened the divide between Johnson and the Browns.
“I only want to be somewhere I’m wanted,’’ Johnson said after Mayfield publicly criticized him. “At the end of the day, that’s all this is about, being somewhere you’re wanted. In my case, the moment I’m not wanted anymore, I think it’s best that we find a middle ground and we do what’s best for the team. If you don’t want me here, there’s no need to keep me or force me to be here if you don’t want me here.’’
The Browns confirmed that they aren’t trying to trade Johnson at this point, especially since Hunt will be sidelined for the first half of the season.
“Duke’s under contract,’’ coach Freddie Kitchens said at minicamp. “He’s on our football team. He’s a professional. He knows how to handle things. Whatever emotional side of the game it is, he knows how to check that at the door and do his job and do his job well. That’s what we expect out of Duke, and that’s what Duke will give us.”
Johnson has said there is nothing the team can do to mend their relationship, however, he has attended mandatory Browns workouts during the offseason.