to join a backfield led by Nick Chubb Myles Garrett Color Rush Jersey , General Manager John Dorsey said that the move did not make Duke Johnson “expendable yet” and the phrasing suggested that there would be a point when Johnson is expendable.Even before Hunt’s eight-game suspension was announced by the league, there was a report that the team was willing to trade Johnson because Odell Beckham‘s arrival meant Jarvis Landry could spend more time in the slot and cut down on Johnson’s opportunities as a receiver.No deal has happened at this point and head coach Freddie Kitchens said at this week’s league meetings that Johnson has a place on the roster under any circumstances.“I don’t know why it’s assumed that we’re going to trade Duke Johnson,” Kitchens said, via “I don’t know why we would ever want to voluntarily give up a good football player. Duke Johnson is a good football player. Duke Johnson will have a role on our football team. All these guys that are here will have a role. I don’t know when it just became a necessity to trade Duke Johnson because we signed Kareem Hunt. And I know I’ve heard that a lot.”Kitchens went on to say that he could use Chubb, Hunt and Johnson at the same time, which shows that he’s got a flair for speaking like a head coach early in his first year on the job. Johnson is a good player and keeping him around while Hunt is suspended makes sense , but it’s hard to imagine Dorsey would totally dismiss moving a backup if they can get a useful asset in return. CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Eberflus has a past with the Browns. Maybe he'll have a future as well.One day after his Indianapolis defense held quarterback Deshaun Watson and Houston's offense to just seven points in an AFC wild-card win, Eberflus became the sixth candidate to interview for Cleveland's open coaching job.The Colts' dominant performance helped Eberflus boost a resume that already included a two-year stint (2009-10) coaching the Browns linebackers on Eric Mangini's staff. The 48-year-old Eberflus met Sunday with Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and other members of the Browns executive staff, which began its search by meeting with interim coach Gregg Williams on New Year's Day.Dorsey and his group have also interviewed New England linebackers coach Brian Flores, New Orleans assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Minnesota offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and former Detroit and Colts coach Jim Caldwell. Dorsey said last week that he intended to meet with Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, who was credited with helping rookie Baker Mayfield's development.The Browns have reportedly asked permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni Joe Thomas Jersey , and Dorsey is expected to meet with former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy.Cleveland has hired coaches who have worked with the team before. Mangini, Romeo Crennel and Rob Chudzinski were all assistants with the Browns before becoming head coaches.Affectionately known as "Floos" by his players, Eberflus was one of the three assistants hired last year by Josh McDaniels, who agreed to become the Colts coach before changing his mind and staying in New England. General manager Chris Ballard promised to keep the new coaches before hiring Frank Reich, who didn't know Eberflus. But Reich was convinced to keep him and that decision couldn't have gone better.Eberflus has worked wonders for a defense that underperformed for years. The Colts steadily improved and finished the regular season ranked No. 11 overall in yards and No. 10 in points. Last season, they ranked 30th in both categories.Eberflus also managed to generate a pass rush despite that being a major concern. Also Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey , Indianapolis has forced turnovers in 16 of 17 games.In Saturday's win, the Colts sacked Watson three times, harassed him all game and got one interception.Per league rules, the Browns had to wait until after the Colts played before they could interview Eberflus. If they want to hire him, they can't finalize a contract with him until the Colts' season ends. Indianapolis plays at Kansas City on Jan. 12.