Browns Acquire RB J.J. Johnson
Mar. 09, 2002
CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Browns found some help at running back Friday, acquiring J.J. Johnson from the Miami Dolphins for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2004.
Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the trade. Browns spokesman Todd Stewart said the team was awaiting paperwork before officially announcing the deal.
Johnson, who had only five carries for 22 yards in 10 games last season, never lived up to expectations with the Dolphins.
The Browns were last in the NFL in rushing last season and have been looking for a starter to replace the trio of James Jackson, Jamel White and Ben Gay that was often ineffective in 2001.
Johnson isn't the first running back the Browns have tried to acquire this offseason.
The Browns played host to free agent Garrison Hearst this week and made an offer to New Orleans for Ricky Williams, who was traded to Miami on Friday.
Cleveland backed out of negotiations for Williams when the Saints demanded a first-round pick in return.
Johnson, who went to Mississippi State, was the Dolphins' second-round pick (39th overall) in 1999. He rushed for 748 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with Miami.