So David Njoku has requested a trade, and honestly, who’s surprised…. (Crickets making cricket noises).
When you’re doing a job and your employer pays somebody else 23 million dollars to also do your job, i guess you start to question your role. Controversy immediately swarmed around Njoku when the Browns signed Austin Hooper in free agency during the off season.
Njoku broke his wrist in week 2 against the Jets, and was placed on IR for the rest of the season. Turns out this didn’t really work in his favour, and the Browns have seemingly moved on, leading to the rumours of an Njoku trade.
Although Njoku missed the majority of his third season in the NFL, he hadn’t missed a game up until that point. Njoku contributed in all 16 games in his first two seasons with the Browns, totalling just over 1000 yards, and 8 touchdowns. By no means a terrible outing, and the tight end from Miami’s NFL career is by no means over at this point. I have every faith that Njoku will move to a new home and can comfortably take the number 1 tight end role on somebodies roster.
So where does he fit best? And what teams might be most interested in an Njoku trade?
Let me get it out of the way early…
New England. The Patriots currently number 1 tight end option is Matt Lacosse, who honestly i know nothing about, but he made a small contribution in New England last year. Njoku has great tight end speed and could definitely work his way into a Patriots offence that is most definitely trying to rebuild itself. Belichick has always loved his tight ends, and despite drafting two in this years draft, in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, Bill might love the idea of a tight end with some prior NFL experience.
The Buffalo Bills. The Bills added Stefon Diggs this off season, who immediately makes the Bills better, currently, their tight end options include Dawson Knox & Tyler Kroft, but David Njoku would jump both of those in my opinion. Knox rumbled up 28 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, but I really don’t see the Bills turning their noses up at the chance to land Njoku, and add both Diggs AND David Njoku to their offensive weapons in the same off season.
The Tennessee Titans. Now this ones my favourite, and don’t be surprised if this is where Njoku lands. The Titans run a lot of play action, and had multiple tight ends on the field almost 40% of the time in 2019. Jonnu Smith had a great season, but behind him they don’t have a whole bunch else, so when Njoku is suddenly up for grabs, with great hands, and good strength at the position, i think he’s the PERFECT fit for Vrabel and what the Titans are trying to do.
The Washington Redskins. Currently in rebuild mode, and with a new head coach in Ron Rivera, the Redskins could use a few pieces. They’ve focused heavily on rebuilding their defence, and since Vernon Davis retired, they haven’t had that reliable target at tight end. Their currently number one option is Jeremy Sprinkle (great name), however he hasn’t amounted to what he should have yet. Sprinkle had his best season in 2019, three seasons into his NFL career, with 241 yards and 1 touchdown. Njoku is without a doubt a great option and Rivera might like the idea of bringing him in to further support Dwayne Haskins development.
And finally, The Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins also run two tight end sets a fair amount, and up until this point thats included Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe. Smythe is okay but he’s not an elite pass catcher, and having Gesicki and Njoku as options for Tua, would be something to behold. Being a Dolphins fan I would quite like to see it, interested to see what you all think!
Let me know where you’d like to see Njoku land, I’d imagine this one will move fairly quickly over the next few days!
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