"It's not awkward. It's self-inflicted," Mayfield said of Johnson's situation Tuesday, according to 92.3 The Fan's Keith Britton. "I hope he does his job."
The second-year passer added, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, "We gotta have guys that are goal-oriented, who have a single focus and mindset."
Johnson's role in the Browns offense has seemingly changed dramatically since he signed a three-year, $15.6 million extension last June. Nick Chubb appears to be the lead tailback for Week 1 after running for 996 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie last season. In February, the team also signed 2017 Pro Bowler Kareem Hunt, who is suspended for the first eight games of 2019 after he shoved and kicked a woman at a hotel.
When Hunt returns from his ban, though, he and Chubb figure to see the majority of the workload out of the backfield.
As a result, Johnson requested a trade back in April. He remains a Brown more than two months later, but his feelings on the matter have not changed:
Johnson noted during that media session that he made his initial trade request while knowing the team had placed him on the trade block the month before. According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, the 25-year-old feels "unwanted."
If the Browns do make Johnson available, there will likely be interest around the league. The 2015 third-round pick has proved he can make plays both on the ground and in the passing game, having piled up 1,286 rushing yards and 2,170 receiving yards in his career. He has averaged 58.8 receptions over the last four seasons.
While Johnson wants out, he remains a valuable playmaker and is under contract for three more years. With Hunt sidelined for the first half of the season, the Browns may not be inclined to move Johnson at this point, as it would hurt the team's depth at running back.