If the Cleveland Browns have a desire to trade David Njoku, why not swing big?
The long-awaited rumor has finally been confirmed, David Njoku wanted out of Cleveland a long time ago. Now that the Cleveland Browns have been publically notified that Njoku wants out, the team only has so much leverage in any deal for the former first-round pick. So what are the Cleveland Browns to do? Will they just trade him away for a 4th-round pick ala Duke Johnson? Will they go into training camp with him on the roster and risk whatever value he has by having him practice? Will they bottle him up in a trade deal and send him off for a major player in return?
Well, let’s hope the third option is the pick.
Njoku on his own can’t fetch a big get for the Browns. Everyone is aware of this. Whether you think he can be a star for the team or not, everyone knows his value is at an all-time low, and can easily get worse. So trading him now before his value takes an even bigger hit, or the Browns lose more negotiation power makes sense. Will the team be able to generate enough buzz in a trade package to get one of the three names on this list? It’s unknown.
Every name on this list has a few things in common, they’re all on losing teams and they’re all on expiring deals. All three will be unrestricted free agents after the 2020-2021 season and will be able to sign with anyone they want. So there’s already an incentive for these teams to flip them because there is no guarantee they’ll want to stick around.
So here are the three names the Browns should shoot to the moon to try and land in a Njoku trade.