The Browns want running back Duke Johnson to be a part of their future.

Now they're reportedly trying to ensure it happens.

On Monday, NFL Network reporter Michael Silver wrote the following on Twitter: "The Browns and RB Duke Johnson have been working toward a new deal. They absolutely want to keep him. Still somewhat apart on money. We'll keep watching."

Despite the Browns going 1-31 the past two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, Johnson has insisted he wants to stay in Cleveland.

On Dec. 27, four days before the season finale, Johnson was asked if he ever needs to give himself a pep talk about coming back to the Browns, considering all of the losing he has endured since they drafted him in the third round (No. 77 overall) out of the University of Miami in 2015.

"Me? No shot, and the reason being is this is the organization that gave me my shot," Johnson said. "Drafted in the third round, a lot of teams passed on me, but this team took me. And I want nothing more than to start and finish my career here."

Johnson, 24, is one of the team's better players. He's scheduled to make a base salary of $1.895 million this year in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, according to NFL Players Association records.

Last year, Johnson had his most productive season yet, compiling 82 carries for 348 yards (4.2 average) and a career-high four touchdowns, plus career bests of 74 catches, 693 yards and three touchdowns. The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America voted Johnson the team's player of the year. He joined Herschel Walker as the only NFL running backs to record 500 receiving yards in each of their first three seasons. Walker accomplished the feat from 1986-88.

Johnson hasn't missed a game in his three NFL seasons and has racked up 259 carries for 1,085 yards (4.2 average) and five touchdowns to go along with 188 catches for 1,741 yards and five TDs. Since he entered the league in 2015, he leads all running backs in catches, receiving yards and scrimmage yards per touch (6.3).