News broke out yesterday that the Cleveland Browns had franchise-tagged tight end David Njoku, which should not come as a surprise. Teams had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether to franchise tag any of their players. Let’s be honest Brown fans, Austin Hooper did not have a great year. The 25-year-old Njoku finished his 2021 season with 36 catches, 475 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. Njoku is a talented player who has the ability to make jaw-dropping catches. Listed at 6’4 247 pounds, Njoku can be a dominant force in the running game, as he can block well.
Unfortunately, he has had his fair share of injuries which is inevitable in the National Football League. In August of 2017, Njoku suffered a back- lower lumbar sprain. Then, in September of 2019, Njoku sustained a wrist fracture and a concussion. This past season, he suffered shoulder and knee injuries.
In July of 2020, there were rumors that Njoku wanted to be traded, as per his former agent Drew Rosenhaus. However, something must have changed with his attitude, as Njoku wanted to stay in Cleveland. Players get frustrated and say things based on emotions, and nobody is perfect. This is an insurance move for the Browns, which is not a bad move by any means. The Browns have a choice to make before July 15th. They can sign Njoku to a long-term deal or have him play on a one-year deal worth 10.931 million. It would make sense for the Browns to pick option number two because of his injury history. It is time for David Njoku to go out and prove that the Browns made the right decision.
Time to ball out young man.