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David Njoku pulls April Fools' Day prank on Browns fans

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 15:21:33-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns fans who are active on Twitter might have gone into a temporary panic Friday morning after tight end David Njoku decided to pull a prank for April Fools' Day.

Njoku posted on Twitter, announcing to fans that he wanted to seek a trade out of Cleveland.

"Good Morning all, I have instructed my agent @malkikawa to seek a trade. I want my fans to know first…" Njoku wrote.

Those who forgot to check the calendar may have been panicking for a moment, but a few minutes later (and after a few national sports reporters shared out the tweet), Njoku posted again, quote tweeting the announcement to let everyone know it was just a prank.

Njoku's playful prank comes after the Browns franchise tagged him earlier this month.

By placing a franchise tag on him, Njoku is protected from hitting the unrestricted free-agency market. The move to place the non-exclusive franchise tag on Njoku will cost the Browns around $10.8 million.

Since tagging Njoku, his agent Malki Kawa and the Browns front office have continued negotiating a long-term deal to keep the tight end in Cleveland beyond this season. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a new multi-year deal, or Njoku will play out the season on the tag, but it is likely a deal will be reached before the deadline.

So, if you saw Njoku's tweet or someone else share it, don't worry, it was just a prank and if all goes well, you'll be seeing Chief Spike touchdown celebrations for years to come.

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