The Cleveland Browns proceed to shell out large bucks, as they’ve given tight finish David Njoku a four-year, $56.75 million extension, per his agent.
The common is simply over the $14 million per yr the Ravens agreed to with Mark Andrews final September.
Njoku had 36 receptions for 475 yards and 4 touchdowns final season. Andrews had 107 catches for 1,361 yards and 9 scores.
About a yr in the past, Njoku requested a trade. The Browns didn’t oblige, Njoku rescinded it, and Cleveland positioned the franchise tag on him this offseason earlier than inking him to the brand new deal.
“The Browns tagged Njoku because demand outweighs supply at the tight end position – and specifically for tight ends with the kind of speed and athleticism that Njoku has shown,” The Athletic’s Zac Jackson wrote.
“With so many moving parts on the offense, it’s hard to peg exactly how he’ll fit, but Kevin Stefanski has always involved tight ends in his offense and the addition of Watson should give Njoku more chances to use his speed to create space and potentially create big plays. This huge investment comes with risk, but the Browns think Njoku can eventually be a key piece of their offense.”
The Browns are hoping that Njoku, whose best season was in 2018 when Baker Mayfield was a rookie, will escape with Deshaun Watson underneath middle.
“Watson’s ability to scramble and throw on the run should benefit Njoku, who’s shown the ability to create after the catch. He just never done anything consistently well,” Jackson wrote.
The Browns are actually the NFL’s solely crew that has a quarterback (Watson), operating again (Nick Chubb), extensive receiver (Amari Cooper), and tight finish (Njoku) that every one rank within the high seven at their place in assured cash, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter.