David Njoku doesn’t desire to play for the Cleveland Browns anymore.
2020 felt enjoy it was going to be David Njoku‘s last year with the Cleveland Browns anyway.
Though the Browns extended their fifth-year option on the former first-round pick out of the University of Miami this offseason, once they chose to bring in two-time Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper in free agency, it felt like the writing was on the wall for Njoku in Northeast Ohio. He was now expandable and incredibly much Cleveland trade bait.
Cleveland owes Njoku $1,763,877 in base salary this season. He would be a $3,030,714 hit contrary to the cap if he was launched by Cleveland in this campaign. While that number is manageable, Njoku will be a $6,013,000 dead-cap hit in 2021, as that’s what he’s slated to make in base salary because of the fifth-year option that he was extended.
Though he scarcely has over 1,000 career receiving yards in three seasons out of Miami, Njoku only turns 24 years of age in per week. He handled injuries a year ago and has been thrust in the exact middle of perpetual chaos for his entire stint in Cleveland. Njoku is approximately to be playing for his fourth NFL head coach in Kevin Stefanski in only his fourth season out of The U.
With Njoku and his high-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus expressing his need to be traded, the Browns may need to look hard into dealing him. While they want to keep him around and run absolutely incredible two tight end sets with Hooper, this situation could become untenable if Njoku doesn’t get his way before the start of season. He may very well be traded in 2020.
Here are five trade destinations for Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku.
We’ve seen how willing Houston Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien is to create a deal. He sent arguably his most readily useful player in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a running right back who was once good but is on a bad contract in David Johnson. O’Brien also orchestrated a traded for often-injured Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Houston already has one of the five most talented quarterbacks in the league in Deshaun Watson still on his rookie contract. Though he’s weapons, there aren’t any worth writing home about in Houston. It’s why Watson taken care of immediately Cincinnati Bengals legendary wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson about free agent Antonio Brown potentially linking up with the Texans.
The reason Njoku will be a great easily fit in Houston is he has 2 yrs left on his contract at an acceptable number and would be an upgrade over what the Texans have in the tight end room. Though Darren Fells emerged as a viable red-zone target for Watson last season, Njoku was a former first-round pick for reasons. He has much greater upside than Houston’s current No. 1.
By adding a person like Njoku to the Texans receiving corps, maybe it’s a little move that goes a long way towards helping Houston stay in the mix for yet another AFC South crown. The Texans have won their division four of the last five years. While that hasn’t translated to a single AFC title bout appearance, maybe the underrated addition of Njoku could possibly be an agent of change for them?