Tight end and former first-round pick David Njoku has asked the Cleveland Browns for a trade, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.
"It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time," Drew Rosenhaus, Njoku's agent, told Schefter.
According to Rosenhaus, the Browns would like to keep Njoku, but he is intent on a trade and would like it to happen before training camp, which is scheduled to open in late July.
Njoku, who turns 24 next Friday, is entering his fourth season since the Browns drafted him 29th overall in 2017. He had 88 catches for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns in 32 games (19 starts) through his first two seasons.
He managed just five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in four games (one start) in a disappointing 2019 campaign, in which he missed time with a broken wrist and was a healthy scratch late in the season.
Njoku said after the season he wasn't sure if he would be back, but the team picked up his fifth-year option for 2021. The option, worth $6 million, is guaranteed only for injury until next spring. Njoku has a base salary of $1.8 million for 2020.
The Browns also made significant investments elsewhere at tight end this offseason, catering to new head coach Kevin Stefanski's preference to use multiple tight ends. They signed Austin Hooper to a four-year, $44 million contract and took Harrison Bryant out of Florida Atlantic in the fourth round in April.
--Field Level Media