The Browns Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Jason Schandl
The Cleveland Browns should trade this player away while they can still get a good return for him.
The Cleveland Browns should trade this player away while they can still get a good return for him. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns have been looking on the verge of a breakout for a couple years now, and it's still up in the air whether 2020 will be their time to shine. Whatever happens this season, though, they need to continue to build with a long-term outlook.

That's why it would make a ton of sense to trade away David Njoku.

When the Browns brought in Austin Hooper this offseason, it was made clear that they're not sold on Njoku's long-term outlook. It's hard to blame them, in three NFL seasons he's caught just 93 passes for 1,066 yards.

Njoku missed most of the 2019 season due to injury, though, and he's still turning just 24 years old. Three of the tight ends selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft are just a year younger than Njoku. His trade value should still be solid.

Making the decision even easier, Njoku's cap hit is set to jump from just over $3 million to just over $6 million for the 2021 season. Now that the June 1st deadline has passed, the Browns would incur just $1.3 million in dead money in 2020 (with none in 2021) by trading him.

New head coach Kevin Stefanski likes to use two-tight end sets on offense, but the benefit of trading Njoku away is too much to ignore, especially with fourth-round pick Harrison Bryant waiting in the wings.

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