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David Njoku Responds to Trade Buzz on Instagram

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Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku took to Instagram to respond to trade buzz.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku took to Instagram to respond to trade buzz. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku caused a stir last offseason when he requested a trade back in July 2020. The request had nothing to do with Cleveland, as Njoku took to his Twitter to profess his love for the city. However, a deal never materialized and the fifth-year tight end remains with the team to this day.

If anything, the fact that a deal didn't get done actually caused Njoku to grow closer with the organization. Therefore, you can understand why he might be a bit upset that Bleacher Report's "Gridiron" Instagram page proposed that the Browns should trade the tight end to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round pick. Njoku wasn't willing to go through these rumors again, replying to the post by saying, "I ain’t goin nowhere!!!!"

David Njoku Trade Rumors

If that Instagram post was made a year ago, there's a good chance that Njoku would've encouraged a trade. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars are just starting their rebuild while the Browns made it to the Divisional Round last season. If anything, it may have been last campaign's playoff run that encouraged the tight end to stay and try to help the team get to the next level.

However, if Njoku wants to help the Browns take it one step further, he's going to need to stay healthy. He's missed 15 games over the last two seasons and can't afford to miss much time in a contract year in 2021. Njoku will also need to be more productive than he was last season, when he only hauled in 19 receptions for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, that may be easier said than done. He's competing for touches with fellow tight end Austin Hooper, who saw 64% of snaps last season compared to Njoku's 39%.

The Browns currently have the 7th-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1600, according to FanDuel Sports. Njoku will need to remain healthy and start making more appearances on the scoresheet if he really wants to show his dedication to the city by helping improve Cleveland's championship odds.

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