David Njoku nonetheless needs out of Cleveland. Or does he? After initially making a commerce request on July 3 this offseason, the veteran tight finish is as soon as once more in search of the Browns to execute a deal that ships him out of city previous to the Nov. 3 commerce deadline, based on Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. That stated, Njoku has since posted to social media saying that he “didn’t say something to Mary Kay a couple of commerce request.”
In any occasion, the Browns brass was unwilling to commerce the previous first-round decide on the time and Njoku finally rescinded that unique request a month afterward Aug. 1 following conversations with GM Andrew Berry. It was round that point that Njoku even took to social media to verify his change of coronary heart tweeting, “I am all in Cleveland. Time to work.” Six weeks into the 2020 marketing campaign, nevertheless, these needs have — at the least reportedly — as soon as once more bubbled to the floor.
Njoku has suited up in simply three video games for the Browns this season after touchdown on injured reserve on account of a knee harm he suffered within the opener. He was activated off IR previous to Cleveland’s Week 5 matchup with the Colts and the 24-year-old has been used sparingly upon his return. Over the past two weeks, Njoku has seen 4 targets and has provide you with two receptions for 13 yards.
Over these two video games, he has performed in 29% and 40% of the offensive snaps, respectfully. For reference, Austin Hooper performed in 79% of Cleveland’s offensive snaps in Week 5 and 70% in Week 6. Harrison Bryant — one other one in all Cleveland’s tight ends — performed in 40% of the offensive snaps towards the Colts in Week 5 after which 37% in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. Given Hooper’s $44 million contract that he signed with the Browns this offseason, Njoku is at finest seemingly taking a look at second string with Cleveland.
Due to Cleveland’s affinity for Njoku and unwillingness to deal him over the summer season, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see what the worth shall be for his companies across the deadline if he’s placed on the block. Not solely is Njoku nonetheless younger and oozing with potential, however he’d be beneath staff management by means of 2021 after the Browns picked up his fifth-year possibility for subsequent season value $6.4 million.