Cleveland Browns’ David Njoku is looking for a way out. According to Njoku’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, the 23-year-old tight end officially informed the team that he wants to be traded.
Rosenhaus told ESPN that Njoku would like to find a new team before the NFL kicks off with the training camp.
“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” said Rosenhaus.
Browns recently picked up the fifth-year option on Njoku’s contract and would reportedly want to keep him with the franchise. However, the player believes he can’t reach his full potential in Cleveland and has been wanting to move on for some time.
Although the Browns value Njoku, they can afford to lose him if the relationship is unsalvageable. The team signed Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to a record deal in the offseason, while they also rookie Harrison Bryant on the depth chart.
Cleveland, however, won’t be able to get much for the player they drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. According to front office insiders, the most other teams would be willing to pay for Njoku is a fourth-round pick, while some even think that fifth-rounder would be enough.
Despite being regarded as a TE with a high ceiling, Njoku struggled to make a mark with Cleveland Browns due to injuries and frequent coaching changes. In 36 games (21 starts) with Browns, he managed to get 93 receptions for 1,066 yards and nine touchdowns.