5. Long-term deal coming for Njoku?
The Browns picked up the fifth-year option on David Njoku, meaning the former first-round pick will be here until at least the 2021 campaign. He’ll earn $6.4 million in the final year of his deal.
The will they/won’t they pick up the option as a big question the Browns answered by filing the paperwork on Njoku, but what about the future? Is he here long-term.
Best guess: That’s up to Njoku, who needs to stay healthy and produce. Kevin Stefanski will make good use of the tight end spot and he’ll have plenty of options now in 2020. The Browns have free-agent signee Austin Hooper, a player whom Pro Football Focus graded as one of the best tight ends in football a season ago.
Plus, there’s FAU’s Harrison Bryant. Buckeye fans will remember the tight end torching Ohio State. He’s 6-foot-5. You can just envision Mayfield looking for his number in the red zone.
The truth is, tight end is brutal position to play in the NFL. If you play fantasy football, you know this, as your probably constantly scouring the waver wire.
As for Njoku, it’s important that he’s only going to be 24 in July. He came into the league very raw and his athleticism has never been in question. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him produce some memorable moments in 2020, he just needs to stay out of the trainer’s room.