Tight end David Njoku asked the team for an exchange, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN Adam Schefter.
“It is in David’s interest to find a new team at this time,” Rosenhaus told Schefter.
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Njoku, who turns 24 next Friday, was Miami’s No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He had 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, but he only played four games in last season after being sidelined by a wrist injury. He was however in good health at weeks 15 and 16.
The Browns signed a $ 42 million, four-year contract with Austin Hooper in March, making him the highest paid candidate on a multi-year contract. The team also selected Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic in the fourth round of the NFL draft in April.
New coach Kevin Stefanski frequently used two tight sets when he was previously offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, but Njoku plans to be traded before training camps begin on July 28 despite the wish of the team to keep it, Schefter reported.
Cleveland exercised the fifth year option of Njoku in May,
“My # 1 goal is to stay healthy,” Njoku told the Browns’ team website in June. “If I can stay healthy, the sky is the limit. It will be special. We have all the tools here, and we have a great coach, so we’re really excited to put it all together. ”
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