It appeared that New York Jets safety Jamal Adams would be the only member of the 2017 NFL Draft class to request a trade from their respective team. Now, he has a partner in the form of Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku.
Njoku has had trouble with consistency throughout his short career, and was limited to four games last season due to a broken hand. Even so, Njoku still has plenty of upside to become a star tight end in the NFL. Now that he wants off the Browns, here are three teams that should call Cleveland to work out a deal.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers opted to move on from veteran Greg Olsen this offseason, but head coach Matt Rhule has yet to add his replacement. David Njoku an be the perfect player to fill that void. When looking at the depth chart, Carolina has Ian Thomas, Chris Manhertz, and Temarrick Hemingway listed as their tight ends. That's not good enough entering the 2020 season, especially since the team made a massive investment in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the next three years. Giving the former Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints signal caller Njoku should make him one happy camper.
2. New York Jets
The New York Jets have made it known that Sam Darnold is the team's quarterback for the foreseeable future. While he did lose top wideout Robby Anderson, the Jets rewarded him with an actually functional offensive line. When looking at the rest of Darnold's squad, he's missing a quality tight end. The team does have Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffen, who both have the potential to be quality starters. The problem is that they're never healthy, which forces Darnold to feed the ball to his practice squad tight end. Adding Njoku could change that. The quarterback gets his security blanket, and Njoku gets a heavy chunk of targets. That's a win-win.
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Before you try to put down this idea, hear us out. It's rare that any team would work out a trade with their division rival, but in 2017, the Bengals and Browns were minutes away from finalizing a deal that would've sent quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland. It's not out of the question that both sides would work out a deal again. The Bengals are placing their future in the arm of quarterback Joe Burrow, and for him to take the reins, they'll need to give the kid some top-tier targets. While he does have AJ Green and Tee Higgins as his top wideout options, the tight end position in Cincinnati is rather lacking. CJ Uzomah signed a three-year extension last season, and he only managed to catch 27 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. That's not what you want out of a starting tight end who earns $6 million annually. The Bengals can easily solve this problem by acquiring Njoku to ensure that both he and Burrow reach their full potentials.