3 Players Cleveland Browns should consider trading this year

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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns runs onto the field during the player introduction against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) David Njoku /

1. David Njoku, Tight End

Not too long ago, it seemed to be a sure thing that former first-round pick David Njoku was entering his final season with the Cleveland Browns. The third of three selections for Cleveland in the opening round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Njoku had two solid seasons to begin his career in the NFL.

Njoku entered 2019 with 88 receptions for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns in those two campaigns. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for him in year three. Njoku was hurt early on in the season and then hardly saw the field upon his return. The tight end would play in just four games while recording five receptions for 41 yards and a single touchdown.

The hiring of Kevin Stefanski re-ignited hopes that Njoku could reach his potential but those expectations changed almost as quickly as they resurfaced. The Browns ended up signing Austin Hooper to the most expensive tight end contract in NFL history, meaning he’s sure to be the No. 1 player at their position.

Stefanski does employ a two tight end set often but Njoku has never been known as a great blocker which is likely what they will expect out of that second tight end. He could also be challenged by rookie Harrison Bryant, who is probably already a better blocker than Njoku at this point.

Njoku’s fifth-year on his rookie contract was picked up by the team, meaning they control his rights for the next two seasons.

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Don’t be shocked if this move was done by the team to be able to trade Njoku and get something in return for their first-round investment.