On Friday afternoon, one of the Cleveland Browns top draft picks in recent years asked the team for a trade.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tight end David Njoku wants out of Cleveland. The Browns reportedly want to keep Njoku, but his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, maintained it’s in Njoku’s “best interest” to play for a new team.
“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” Rosenhaus said via Schefter. The former first-round pick reportedly hopes to be traded before training camp kicks off.
That would at least give him a few weeks to prepare for the 2020 season with his new team. Of course, the Browns could decide to hold onto Njoku, who might not have a robust market.
1/2 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.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020
The Browns traded back into the first round of the 2017 NFL draft in order to select the former Miami Hurricanes tight end.
He was heralded as an elite athlete coming out of Miami, but has struggled to make much of an impact for the organization thus far. He played in just four games for the Browns during the 2019 season.
Earlier this offseason, Cleveland signed former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to a four-year deal. With Hooper coming in, the Browns were expected to hit the field with 12 personnel – creating a scary tandem of Hooper and Njoku.
However, the latter appears to want out.