The move closes a controversial chapter for Johnson that saw him at odds with the Browns' front office (and starting quarterback baker Mayfield) for the better part of the offseason. Johnson, who's been participating in training camp, has been lobbying for a trade for months in light of the team's acquisition of running back Kareem Hunt in February.
Johnson's public stance drew the ire of Mayfield, who directed some pointed words toward his then-teammate.
Joining the Texans should afford Johnson the opportunity he craves. His all-purpose skill set figures to play well alongside feature back Lamar Miller. Johnson will also see an uptick in carries, assuming he becomes the clear-cut No. 2 option. The fifth-year back ran the ball just 40 times last year, a career low, despite averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Now he goes to a franchise that finished eighth in the league in rushing last year. Only three NFL teams ran more often than the Texans.