By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku wanted a trade. His agent Drew Rosenhaus made his demands clear on Friday through ESPN.
The Browns reportedly told the 23-year-old that they would like to keep him. However, Njoku wants to play elsewhere.
“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” Rosenhaus told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Njoku finished his third season in 2019. He has two years left on his rookie contract, including a fifth-year option that was previously exercised for 2021.
He is slated to make $7.2 million over the next two seasons. However, if the Browns would move him, they would be responsible for $1.2 million in dead cap space that will be on their books for the next two seasons.
At the same time, if he is moved, the franchise would save $1.7 million in cap space if he’s traded this off-season.
Browns first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly values the tight end. But Njoku may not be the starter for the team when the team begins their new season in September.
This may have played a part in his decision as well.
In the off-season, the Browns signed free agent tight end Austin Hooper to the largest deal for a free agent tight end. Also, in April’s 2020 NFL Draft, the team drafted Harrison Bryant in the fourth round.
In 2019, Njoku was limited to just four games due to an injury. He started one game during the season.
The former first-round pick has five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown.
In his playing career over the last three-years, Njoku has appeared in 36 games with 20 starts. He has 93 receptions for 1,066 yards and nine touchdowns.
In addition, he had one carry for one yard during the 2017 season.
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