Cleveland Browns stock analysis: Buy, sell, or hold?
David Njoku: Sell
Stock Analysis: This has very little to do with David Njoku’s play or his injury, but everything to do with his replacements. Ricky Seals-Jones has been a steal for general manager John Dorsey. The Browns were able to replace Njoku’s receiving impact with Demetrius Harris and Seals-Jones.
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Njoku has never been lauded for his blocking ability, often subbed out for a more physical tight end. Insert Pharaoh Brown this season. There’s no doubt that Njoku has the most upside of all the tight ends on the roster, but his stats have been replaced and he doesn’t block very well.
Njoku’s contract will need to be renewed at the same time as Myles Garrett. Both could be paid their worth, but with over $29 million owed to Jarvis Landry and Beckham annually, how much would the organization be willing to fork out to the talented Njoku?
The Browns’ offense has sputtered out of the gate, but the tight ends haven’t been the problem. Cleveland could rid themselves of Njoku for an offensive lineman and a draft pick or two and continue to take the tight end by committee approach.
This would leave them very well off. Njoku has done nothing wrong, but his injury showed the Browns they can do well offensively without him. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and his name is already rumored to have surfaced. Sell Njoku’s stock.