The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2023 season with lots of depth at several position groups, including their running back room. Besides Travis Etienne, who totaled over 1,400 yards from scrimmage last year, they just drafted Tank Bigsby Add D'Ernest Johnson and JaMycal Hasty to the mix, and the Jags have a surplus at the position, so they could afford to trade one of their running backs before this year's trade deadline.
Although the position has been devalued in recent years, there's still demand for good running backs in the league. For proof, look at Cam Akers. He was inactive for Week 2 and doesn't seem to be on the same wavelength as the Los Angeles Rams. However, this hasn't stopped teams from inquiring about his potential availability. And for clubs who lose the Akers sweepstakes but still need help, D'Ernest Johnson is a solid alternative. They could probably get him for a sixth or seventh-round pick.
Johnson, an undrafted free agent in 2018, had to play for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football before signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2019. Johnson went on to spend four seasons in Cleveland and showed playmaking potential in limited opportunities.
Earlier this year, Johnson inked a one-year deal with the Jags and is currently the No. 3 running back behind Etienne and Bigsby. Having averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in his four-year stint in Cleveland, it's fair to say that he could help several teams.
It's important to note that there are no reports indicating the Jaguars intend to put Johnson on the trade block but these three clubs should inquire about him before this year's trade deadline.