New report contradicts Cowboys’ interest in Browns TE David Njoku
There were reports on Friday from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that the Dallas Cowboys could be a possible suitor for David Njoku following his request to be traded from the Cleveland Browns. However, those reports have since been refuted by Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher.
In the past month, the Cowboys have been rumored to be interested in trading for Jamal Adams and signing Jadeveon Clowney. While it’s possible that Dallas makes a move for one of those guys, a trade for Njoku makes little to no sense.
First and foremost, the Cowboys have expressed a ton of confidence in Blake Jarwin replacing Jason Witten at tight end. Jarwin caught a career-high 31 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in 2019. Despite surrendering targets to Witten, Jarwin was extremely efficient during his time on the field.
On the other hand, trading Njoku would create even more issues for the Cowboys financially. Earlier this offseason, the Browns exercised Njoku’s fifth-year option for the 2021 season. As a result, he is slated to make $6 million in 2021.
As of today, Dallas is projected to have $36.1 million in cap space next year. Of course, that could be worsened if there is a decrease in salary cap due to the implications of COVID-19 on the sports landscape. Not to mention, the Cowboys still need to sign Dak Prescott to a multi-year extension.
Regardless of what Cleveland is asking for Njoku, the Cowboys don’t need Njoku in their offense. Even though there were rumors floating around about a possible pairing of Njoku and Dallas, those rumors are officially futile.