It seems unlikely that David Njoku is sticking around after the 2021 season regardless but for the former first-round tight end, a strong showing this year is exactly what he needs. He needs to get reps, opportunities, stats, and tape for him to really get a nice contract in free agency (or if he’s offered a new deal from the Browns).
Njoku, for one reason or another, has not been someone the Browns have gotten the most out of. Unlike other first-round flops, Njoku has had more than his fair share of excuses. He was in the dog house for his behavior in 2019. He was a poor blocker the first few years of his career. He was sitting third on the depth chart behind Harrison Bryant and Austin Hooper. He was injured. If it wasn’t something, it was another.
Drama followed him like a reality TV wife.
He’s looking at a season in 2021 that could very well be his last chance to make an impact on Cleveland and its management. Otherwise, he’s going to be moving on, hopefully for him to be TE1 for another team, but likely not.
Njoku has all the potential in the world but it’s got to be cashed in eventually.