Cowboys reach final decision on tight end David Njoku
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has demanded a trade, but it seems the Dallas Cowboys are not as interested as previously believed.
Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reported Friday the Cowboys were among the teams said to have interest in acquiring Njoku.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 3, 2020
However, sources told Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher there is no pressing connection between the Cowboys and the frustrated Njoku:
“That,” one source told us as the Friday news broke, “sounds like an agent creation.”
Added a second source: “Nope. No interest.”
It seemed curious the Cowboys were linked to Njoku in the first place.
Sure, there is some shortage at the position after Jason Witten signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders in March. However, the Cowboys have a budding star in Blake Jarwin.
Jarwin continued to assert himself as a reliable target in 2019, tallying 31 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns while also averaging 5.1 yards after the catch.
It is true that Njoku has shown flashes of immense potential. He had 639 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns in 2018. But he has also dealt with injuries and struggled to find any semblance of consistency.
Jarwin should be the starter in 2020, and should be allowed to flourish in more of a full-time role at the position. Not to mention, Dallas is still likely grappling with the decision of whether to trade for New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.
The Cowboys will need every bit of draft capital available to them in any deal for Adams. Plus, addressing the secondary would seem to be more imperative for Dallas than adding another tight end.