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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Browns Roster Next Season

Devon Platana
Three players who probably won't be on the Cleveland Browns roster next season, including David Njoku, Case Keenum and Ronnie Harrison.
Three players who probably won't be on the Cleveland Browns roster next season, including David Njoku, Case Keenum and Ronnie Harrison. / Rob Carr/GettyImages

The 2021 NFL season has been a wild ride for the Cleveland Browns. Inconsistencies and injuries have left the Browns with a 7-7 record ahead of Week 16, clinging on to their playoff hopes.

If Cleveland misses the playoffs, it wouldn't be a shock if management decided not to bring back several players. After all, teams have to do what they can to keep pace in today's NFL — especially on a team as talked-about as the Browns.

Here's a look at three players who might not be on the Browns' roster for the 2022 season.

1. David Njoku, TE

Fifth-year tight end David Njoku has enjoyed a modest bounce-back season following a disappointing 2020. The 25-year-old has caught 30 balls for 436 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games so far. The reason why he might not be back next season is that he's a pending unrestricted free agent. The Browns are already paying fellow TE Austin Hooper $13.25 million next season and also have Harrison Bryant on the books for just over $1 million. Considering how Njoku was making $6 million in 2021, it's unlikely that he'll be back unless he takes a major pay cut. With that being said, testing his look on the open market seems like a real possibility.

2. Case Keenum, QB

NFL journeyman quarterback Case Keenum is another Brown who might not be back in 2022. While the 33-year-old is only a backup quarterback, he's on the books for $7.83 million next season. That's a lot of money to give out to the No. 2 QB. With several teams likely looking for a quarterback over the offseason, it makes sense that Cleveland would at least see if anyone is interested in taking Keenum. After all, it'd make sense to try and use that money to improve the roster in other areas.

3. Ronnie Harrison, SS

Former 2018 third-round draft pick Ronnie Harrison hasn't lived up to expectations this season. While he has 58 total tackles, along with three defended passes and an interception, he's also given up six touchdowns this season. Considering how he only gave up two combined in the previous two campaigns, it's easy to see how his performance has been disappointing. Harrison will also be a UFA at the end of the season and it wouldn't be surprising if he's not back in Cleveland next year, especially with replacements available at the 2022 NFL Draft.

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