In another swap of members of the 2017 draft class, the Browns acquire some defensive line depth here. Washington is absolutely stacked with good defensive linemen, and many of them have pretty high dead caps if they are traded. Edge rusher Ryan Anderson is the best of the bunch without a high dead cap amount, so he is who Washington should send in return for David Njoku.
The Browns currently have a depth problem on their defensive line, and acquiring Ryan Anderson would help plug up that issue real quick. Even though he is in the last year of his rookie contract, it should not be hard to re-sign him, especially if Olivier Vernon is not re-signed.
The two are of similar size and similar nature as football players, so bringing in Anderson to be Vernon’s backup and/or potential future replacement would make sense.
Washington on offense is void of any good weapons besides wide receiver Terry McLaurin and their two-headed running attack with Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice. Njoku would fill the hole that Jordan Reed leaves behind, giving young quarterback Dwayne Haskins a safety valve to consistently target.
Surely the Browns would likely rather acquire one of the defensive tackles that Washington has under contract, but that seems like an unlikely return for David Njoku.
In this trade, the Browns do, however, acquire a draft pick, so that should be enough to complete the trade.