David Njoku

Should the Cleveland Browns look into trading David Njoku ?

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  • Baker Mayfield
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By kaytejohnson August 30, 2020 0 Comment
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David Njoku has finally said that he wants to stay in Cleveland, but do the Browns want him ?

When a player hasn’t lived up to their potential with a team, the team usually looks at other options. Then the player lashes out at the organization and requests a trade. We have heard this story before. Well, that is sort of what happened in the case of David Njoku with the Cleveland Browns.

David Njoku was drafted in the first round (29th overall) in the 2017 Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was a freak athlete at the TE position. He ran 4.46 40 yard dash and measured 37.5 vertical at the NFL Combine. David Njoku had all the promise coming out of The University of Miami. But he’s had problems with ball security and injuries in his 4 years with the Browns.

During the 2019 NFL season Njoku had high expectations. His rookie contract was coming to an end, so many thought he would produce at en elite level. But Njoku had not lived up to his potential to that point. Njoku broke his wrist in Week 2 against the New York Jets last season, causing him to miss 12 games. So the Cleveland Browns picked up Austin Hooper in free agency and Harrison Bryant in the fourth round of the 2020 Draft with pick 115.

In comes a new head coach for the Cleveland Browns. His offensive system utilizes the TE position heavily. You would expect for a player like David Njoku to be excited with the opportunities he would surely find in Cleveland. The Browns even went ahead and picked up his fifth-year option before the start of training camp.

Heading into Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns

Njoku didn’t take any of this as a vote of confidence in him. He still found himself upset with the browns organization. Especially after the acquisition of Hooper and Bryant. So, before training Camp this season Njoku’s agent spoke loudly about his client wanting out of Cleveland and that Njoku was requesting a trade. The Browns Front Office just swept the trade request under the rug. By the time the players had to report to Training Camp it seems David had changed his mind publicly and has seemed to have bought into the new system in Cleveland.

We are now halfway through Training Camp and Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant look to have developed great chemistry with the Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield. While David Njoku has missed practice time with injuries.

The Browns have lost projected starters on defense for, what appears to be, a significant amount of time. CB Greedy Williams (shoulder),  CB Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver), LB Mack Wilson (knee), and S Grant Delpit (Achilles) are not expected to return anytime soon.

With all of the injuries to the defense, the Browns need to bring in some players. With all of the offseason drama surrounding David Njoku and the need to fill in some holes in the secondary of their defense, Is it a good idea for the Browns to trade him ? The Browns Tight End room is one of the strengths of their team. The Browns should reach out to teams like the Minnesota Vikings or the New York Jets, who have great depth at Safety, and see where the trade market for David Njoku is at right now.


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