Duke Johnson didn't report to offseason workouts with the Cleveland Browns last month and has reportedly requested a trade.
This year's NFL Draft came and went without the Browns moving Johnson, who likely will have a reduced role with new acquisitions Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham in the fold.
"Duke is under contract. I have said this for like a month now, I don't know where all this trade talk started happening," Freddie Kitchens said. "People just assumed that we are going to trade him because we signed another good football player. Me, personally, I like good football players and I like as many of them as we can get.
"Duke Johnson is on this football team, Duke Johnson will have a vital role in this football team and Duke Johnson will help us win football games. Am I surprised that he's still here? No, not one bit. I haven't wavered and never said anything different other than that."