The NFL free agency window for players to sign with teams opens soon and the Cleveland Browns will be active in trying to secure new and old players
The NFL offseason is just starting to warm up this week with the NFL Combine taking place in Indianapolis this week. Many NFL teams and fans of the game are watching every sprint, jump, and run around orange cones and trying to figure out who’s going to be the next NFL star. It’s great to see a player run the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds but how does that look on any given Sunday during the NFL season?
Beyond the NFL Combine this week, the league has the free agency window opening up on March 14th when players can start chatting with teams. These players are veterans and have a track record of success in the NFL and for a team like the Cleveland Browns, will likely help their team get back to the postseason sooner than relying on rookie players they draft in April.
Here are a few bold predictions that could change the look of this Cleveland team that is very close to vying for a championship.
Cleveland Browns free agency bold prediction No. 5: Browns will re-sign TE David Njoku
There will be many offers coming David Njoku’s way when the free agency window opens in just over a week from now. He’s been with a member of the Browns since 2017. There are numerous stories out there on what could happen with Njoku who had one of his better seasons as he grabbed 36 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career-best 13.2 yards per catch average too.
Cleveland has two other tight ends on the roster in Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant. There is speculation that Hooper could be released by Cleveland to increase their cap space and target other free agent players this offseason. According to spotrac.com, if Hooper were cut by the team after June 1st, they would absorb $3.75 million in dead cap money, but they’d also save $9.5 million in cap space.
Will some team or the Browns be willing to sign Njoku on his next contract for double-digit millions? The veteran tight end made $6 million this past year and it might take a team over $10 million to pull him in on their team. To franchise tag Njoku and keep him Cleveland for one more season the number might look like $10-11 million.
In a recent tweet on Twitter, the tight end shared his enthusiasm for rejoining the Browns.
Much can happen during this frantic part of the offseason, but as for Njoku and the Browns, it certainly looks like the two will stick together.