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

Devon Platana
Three players who might not be on the Cleveland Browns roster next season, including David Njoku.
Three players who might not be on the Cleveland Browns roster next season, including David Njoku. / Rob Carr/GettyImages
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Cleveland Browns fans had a lot of hope entering the 2021 NFL season after watching their team make their first playoff appearance in nearly two decades. Unfortunately, the campaign hasn't panned out as hoped, with the Browns currently sitting at the bottom of the AFC North with a 6-6 record.

While injuries have played a factor, even Cleveland's healthiest players haven't always performed well this year. It wouldn't be surprising if general manager Andrew Berry decided not to bring back a decent-sized portion of the roster.

Here's a look at three Browns players who may not be back for the 2022 season.

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3. David Njoku, TE

Fifth-year tight end David Njoku has been having a promising season, recording 27 receptions for 407 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Browns are a bit crowded at the position with Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant being more than capable options as well. Both Hooper and Bryant are signed through the 2023 season, with the former making $13.25 million in each of the next two years. On the other hand, Njoku will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, meaning he could be the odd man out entering the 2022 season.

2. Malik Jackson, DT

Super Bowl 50 champion Malik Jackson signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with Cleveland this offseason. While he's started in each of the Browns' 12 games so far, he's started to look his age. He hasn't gotten to opposing quarterbacks as much, recording 0.5 sacks and six QB hits, with each statistic being on pace for his worst showing since his rookie year. He's averaging half as many solo tackles as he did last year and carries an abysmal 47.8 overall ProFootballFocus grade. It's safe to say that this experiment hasn't paid off.

1. Ronnie Harrison, SS

Ronnie Harrison has started 11 of 12 games during his second season with the Browns. While his health has been reliable this year, his on-field play hasn't. He's given up six touchdowns after only surrendering two in the previous three seasons combined. Not only that, but opposing quarterbacks who target him are clocking in at a 113.0 passer rating. With him being a pending UFA, it'll be an easy decision to let him walk at the season's end.


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