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Report: Browns tight end David Njoku request to be traded by start of training camp

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 15:18:29-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has requested a trade from the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter who said he spoke with Njoku’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus spoke with the Browns on Friday and told the team that Njoku wanted to be traded, Schefter reported.

The team apparently expressed their desire to keep Njoku, who was drafted in 2017 with one of the Browns' first-round picks, but the tight end was insistent on a trade, Schefter said.

Njoku and his agent have reportedly asked for him to be traded before training camp, which is slated to begin on July 25.

The Browns were busy during the offseason, adding depth at the tight end position by signing Austin Hooper in March and drafting Harrison Bryant in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Following Hooper’s signing, Njoku shot down presumptions that he would want to be traded, saying “Nahhhh man cmon I love competition. We’ll push each other and get better together,” in a now-deleted tweet.

In his time with the Browns, Njoku has recorded 1,066 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with a catch percentage of 58.9%. He played just four games last season after suffering a wrist injury in Week 2.

The Browns recently exercised a fifth-year option on Njkou’s contract.

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Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

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