Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has requested a trade from the Browns through his agent, the famous Drew Rosenhaus, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Njoku, a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (29th overall) has never quite amounted to the potential that he had flashed at the University of Miami.
1/2 Browns’ TE David Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked today for the team to trade him. The Browns told Njoku they would like to keep him, but Rosenhaus told them he’s intent on a trade. They want a trade before training camp.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020
The Browns brought in competition this season in an attempt to better suit quarterback Baker Mayfield as well as push Njoku. They signed former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Barnes out of Florida Atlantic.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Njoku has been unhappy in Cleveland for about a year under the franchises knowledge. The trade request was not a surprise. Fowler sited sources from other teams to estimate that Njoku’s value might be as a fourth or a fifth-round pick.
Njoku was a source of frustration for many Browns fans. A very athletic talent, he had good size (6’4″ and 246 pounds) to be a dominant receiver and a mismatch nightmare for linebackers. Njoku has his issues with drops and isn’t a solid blocker either. On top of that, he missed the majority of last season with an injury.https://widgets.sports-reference.com/wg.fcgi?css=1&site=pfr&url=%2Fplayers%2FN%2FNjokDa00.htm&div=div_receiving_and_rushing
As of now, there are no leads on who has interest in the tight end and who would be willing to give a fourth or a fifth-round pick for him. Speculation points to the New England Patriots (obviously), the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Indianapolis Colts.