Former first-round tight end David Njoku requests trade from Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns might be facing another potential offensive change.

Tight end David Njoku has requested a trade from the team, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” Rosenhaus told Schefter.

Njoku, who turns 24 next Friday, was the No. 29 overall pick out of Miami in the 2017 NFL draft. He had 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, but he played in just four games last season after being sidelined by a wrist injury. He was a healthy scratch, however, in Weeks 15 and 16.

The Browns signed Austin Hooper to a four-year, $42 million contract in March, making him the highest-paid tight end on a multiyear deal. The team also selected Florida Atlantic’s Harrison Bryant in the fourth round of April’s NFL draft.

New coach Kevin Stefanski frequently used two tight-end sets while previously serving as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, but Njoku is intent on being traded before the start of training camps on July 28 despite the team’s wishes to retain him, Schefter reported.

Cleveland exercised Njoku’s fifth-year option in May, 

“My No. 1 goal is to stay healthy,” Njoku told the Browns’ team web site in June. “If I can stay healthy, the sky is the limit. It’s going to be special. We have all the tools here, and we have a great coach, so we’re really excited to put it all together.”

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