Browns Rumors: David Njoku 'in a Good Place' with CLE Despite Past Trade Request

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 24, 2021

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 17: Tight end David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns leaps over cornerback L'Jarius Sneed #38 and free safety Juan Thornhill #22 of the Kansas City Chief during the second quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It would appear that David Njoku is willing to work things out in Cleveland.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Browns tight end "is in a good place" with the organization:

Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

Njoku teased this with the recent comment 'I ain't goin nowhere!!!!' underneath a Bleacher Report post proposing a trade to the Jaguars.

The 24-year-old didn't have much of a statistical season for the Browns in 2020, catching 19 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games.

Part of that came down to a logjam at the tight end position. Austin Hooper (46 receptions for 435 yards and four scores in 13 games) and Harrison Bryant (24 catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games) also saw significant playing time. 

And part of that came down to Baker Mayfield having plenty of options in the passing game, from Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and a pre-injured Odell Beckham Jr. at wide receiver to Kareem Hunt out of the backfield. 

So it wouldn't be a surprise if the Browns ultimately chose to trade Njoku, even if the 2017 first-round pick out of Miami has reportedly made his peace with staying in Cleveland.

The team reportedly already put him on the market. Albert Breer of SI.com reported in March that "Cleveland wanted a third-round pick for Njoku at the trade deadline last year, and with the team having invested in Austin Hooper and carrying a promising young player, Harrison Bryant, at Njoku’s position, the former first-round pick is available again."

A divorce would make sense for both sides. But at least for the time being, Njoku is reportedly willing to make it work.