David Njoku is entering the last year of his deal and will be 25 this upcoming season. He has no owed money on his deal, so he could be traded or cut and the team wouldn’t miss a penny. He’s in a crowded corp of tight ends and currently is one of four men on the roster who can be called a tight end. That’s too many tight ends.
Considering the recent argument by some that the Browns offense needs more “speed”, there really aren’t any more excuses to keep Njoku. His deal is up after this coming season and the Browns shouldn’t re-sign him, not with all the other positions of need the team currently has. Also not with the log jam of long-contracts at the position ahead of Njoku. The Browns need to lock up Wyatt Teller and need to start worrying about Jack Conklin’s next deal as well (because in hindsight just three years for an All-Pro is a trash contract.)
The team needs to consider adding some speed at receiver to compliment Rashard Higgins and Jarvis Landry. Just doubling down on the over-paid, and injury-prone Odell Beckham isn’t the answer. He’s not healthy, he keeps getting hurt and he’s getting older. The team needs to reinvest. That means money, that means roster spots and that means a slight change in team philosophy.
The hope is that you can flip David Njoku for something, anything worth having. Even if just a fifth-round pick at this point. With the number of bodies ahead of him and the fact the team thinks Harrison Bryant can be the star of the position once Austin Hooper’s bad contract expires, there’s no point in Njoku sticking around.
He knows this, hence him asking to be traded…twice.