David Njoku reportedly wants out of Cleveland, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would be wise to put in a call.
Njoku’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday the Browns tight end has asked for a trade.
Njoku, who wants to be traded before training camp starts July 28, finds himself on a crowded Cleveland depth chart that includes newly signed starter Austin Hooper and fourth-rounder Harrison Bryant.
Belichick and the Patriots began to address their glaring need at tight end with draftees Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. However, Keene is more of an H-Back than a pass-catching tight end. And while Asiasi could become the starter, bringing in the 23-year-old Njoku would bolster the position group.
Njoku is a talented pass catcher with impressive speed (4.6 40-yard dash) and size (6-foot-4, 246 pounds). Although he was impacted by a wrist injury and a concussion last season, the 2017 first-round pick recorded 56 receptions for 639 yards with four touchdowns in 2018. He ranked among the top 10 tight ends in receiving yards that season.
What also makes a potential Njoku-to-Patriots trade so intriguing is the finances. Njoku is owed $1.76 million in 2020 with a $3 million cap hit, per Spotrac. So, while the Patriots don’t have much cap space, they should be able to make some arrangements for a modest contract.
Now, we wait and perhaps watch Belichick work.