Decide on Hooper or Njoku
The Browns have had a nice group of tight ends over the last few seasons, but the team needs to decide what to do with Austin Hooper and David Njoku. Both have had their moments and provided a spark to the team over the last couple of seasons but keeping both just doesn’t seem a good decision. Njoku actually led the team in receiving yards this season with 475 yards but he’s a free agent so logically it would be an easy decision for the team because Njoku could walk.
But not so fast because if the Browns would try to sign Njoku to a new deal and then trade or release Hooper that might be a better choice. If the Browns were to trade or release Hooper they’s save $9.5 million in cap space. Njoku made $6 million this season. Why not try and sign him to, let’s at a three-year deal for $35 million. Then the team could go out and draft another tight end this spring.
Don’t forget Harrison Bryant as well. He’s had a solid start to his career and can be a security blanket to the team.
Something has to give in this part of a team. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski likes a lot of offensive sets using three tight ends but that might be too much for this team right now.