Despite both parties saying otherwise, David Njoku and the Cleveland Browns are bound to divorce sometime soon, according to Mary Kay Cabot.
Color us not surprised. Despite an offseason where David Njoku wanted to be traded and made those comments publically, the Browns spun a narrative that everything was fine. Everything is not fine, apparently as Njoku once again wants to be traded before the Nov. 3rd deadline, this according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
In her most recent write-up, Cabot goes talks about what the Browns need back.
"Njoku, who initially asked to be traded on July 3 but then rescinded the request on Aug. 1, would like to find a new home by the trade deadline on Nov. 3rd.To this point, the Browns haven’t been willing to trade him, but they might be open to it if someone makes them an offer they can’t refuse. The Browns need help at linebacker, safety and cornerback, and could possibly pick up a starter to help out down the stretch."
The sad thing is, this isn’t at all unexpected and was called months ago. Njoku had a bad preseason to the point where people doubted he’d even make the team with how good Harrison Bryant looked. Now with the team having firmly established Harrison Bryant as the No. 2 tight end, Njoku is once again wanting out.
The problem is, the Browns don’t have the health or talent beyond Njoku to truly warrant moving on from him. Jarvis Landry’s hip is far more of a problem than people are letting on. It’s believed to be the same hip he had surgery on, and that injury flaring up has clearly affected his play. Njoku has lined up off the line and in the slot on a few plays so far this year, meaning if the Browns really did need some depth behind Landry they might be able to find it in Njoku.
The Browns receivers don’t illicit a lot of confidence from many people outside the two big names. Njoku might be too valuable to move right now but if the Browns get the right combination of picks and players, then maybe it might behoove the Browns to move on from him.