Browns news: Tight end David Njoku requests trade
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Browns tight end David Njoku requests trade

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The Cleveland Browns managed to shore up some serious firepower on offense once again this offseason. However, it appears they may be on the verge of losing one of their pieces in tight end David Njoku.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Njoku has requested a trade before training camp rolls around:

Browns’ TE David Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked today for the team to trade him. The Browns told Njoku they would like to keep him, but Rosenhaus told them he’s intent on a trade. They want a trade before training camp.

“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.”

Njoku may have seen the writing on the wall after the Browns made a splash with the signing of two-time Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper. They also used their fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to take tight end Harrison Bryant.

With training camp beginning at the end of the month, it is safe to say there is a sense of urgency for both sides to get a deal done. Njoku is coming off a rough 2019 campaign that saw him play in only four games due to a broken wrist. The former first-round pick’s best year came in 2018 when he hauled in 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns.

Although the promise Njoku showed spurred Cleveland to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, he has no interest in competing for touches in this star-studded offense. Perhaps he is hoping a change of scenery could lead to a potential resurgence in the 2020 NFL season.