Aug 02, 2020
Browns TE David Njoku Drops Trade Demand
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Getty Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku.
The trade drama between David Njoku and the Cleveland Browns has apparently reached its end, with the former first-round pick saying he’s “all in” with the team.
Njoku arrived to training camp on schedule, despite his trade demand last month. His latest tweet suggests he’s ready to drop his request to the Browns’ brass to deal him.
“I’m all in Cleveland,” Njoku wrote on Twitter. “Time to work.”
I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work.
— Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) August 1, 2020
Cleveland.com Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot confirmed with a source that Njoku no longer wants a trade shortly after the tweet.
#Browns tight end David Njoku no longer wants to be trade, source tells me. He tweeted today: 'I'm all in Cleveland. Time to work' https://t.co/XJu4XoYttH
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 1, 2020
Through his new agent Drew Rosenhaus, Njoku demanded a ticket out of town from Cleveland in early July, with Rosenhaus telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” Njoku wanted a new team by the time training camp rolled around, which wasn’t the case. All Browns players were contractually obligated to arrive by July 28, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. Njoku recently admitted he loves the city of Cleveland.
“I want to make something very clear,” he wrote. “I love the city of Cleveland with all my heart. This game is filled with a lot of complications but don’t think for a second that I don’t love and appreciate Cleveland and all that it has done for me.”Browns Not Willing to Deal David Njoku
GettyCleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski.
The Browns have been consistent in saying that Njoku would not be traded.
“We believe in David, excited to work with him,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said, via the team website. “I’ll get to finally be in the same room as him this weekend – he’s coming in for physicals – and then get out on the field with him Monday. Excited to work with him.”
Njoku — the 29th overall pick in the 2017 draft — is a physical specimen at 6-foot-4, 246 pounds with 4.6 40-yard dash speed. In his second season, Njoku essentially doubled his production from his rookie year, collecting 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns.
However, Njoku stumbled last season with a broken wrist and a bad relationship with the coaching staff. He had just five catches for 41 yards and one touchdown in Year 3 and was a healthy scratch down the stretch. The team recently executed Njoku’s fifth-year option, meaning he’s under contract for at least two more seasons.Browns Need TE Depth Under Kevin Stefanski
GettyTight end Austin Hooper will be courted by many NFL teams this offseason. Will the Chicago Bears be one of them?
The Browns added some big pieces at tight end this offseason in Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant. In just 13 games played last season with Atlanta, Hooper set career highs last season with 75 receptions, 787 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The Browns signed him to the richest tight end deal in the NFL this offseason as a free agent.
Bryant, a rookie taken in the fourth round, played his college ball at Florida Atlantic and is 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds. He got progressively better each season with the Owls, culminating with a season season where he collected 65 catches, 1,007 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last season when Stefanski called the plays in Minnesota, he used multiple tight ends a league-high 57 percent of the time (h/t ESPN’s Jake Trotter).
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Jamal Adams, Pete Carroll all smiles after Seahawks-Jets trade
Jamal Adams’ smile is contagious.
The disgruntled former Jets safety was positively aglow in a photo captured by Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell at practice on Wednesday, which has in turn made head coach Pete Carroll quite happy.
“Well, brings a smile to my face,” Carroll said of Adams via The News Tribune. “He has really high expectations on what he is going to bring to the team, how he’s going to help out. But he also has a really cool thought about it and approach about it, that he knows he has to earn it every step of the way.
“It’s a great combination. He’s not too full of himself. He wants to be a great player — but he also wants to work for it. That’s all we can ask for.”
A happy Adams may be a painful sight for jilted Jets fans after an ugly fallout with the team this offseason. The 24-year-old star was dealt to the Seahawks in July along with a 2022 fourth-round pick in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald and a bounty of draft picks over the next two years. The transaction followed months of highly publicized discontent from the 2017 first-rounder, who requested a trade after long-term contract negotiations had stalled.
The Seahawks secondary — now comprised of Adams, safety Quandre Diggs and cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers and Quinton Dunbar — will need to step up from last season’s performance. After the departure of “Legion of Boom” free safety and seven-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomas in 2019, the unit finished 27th defending against the pass.
“First off, I want to say that I respect every guy that was in the ‘Legion of Boom,’” Adams said previously. “I used to watch those guys, from Earl to Chance to [Richard Sherman], just all throughout college. … So I have so much respect for those guys.
“But, you know, again, their chapter is over with. And we have to, as a defensive group and as a defensive-back group, we have to create our own legacy, right?”
Adams, whose fifth-year option was picked up by the Jets in April, will be under contract until the end of the 2021 season.
Since the trade, he has stated he wants to retire as a member of the Seahawks, a statement that may ring hollow after he had stated the same about the Jets.
“The plan is to retire [in Seattle], you know what I mean? That is my plan,” the two-time Pro Bowler said shortly after the trade.
Adams and the Seahawks have agreed to table the discussion of a long-term contract until next season — a luxury he didn’t seem willing to give the Jets — whereupon he will likely seek a deal to make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
“I just know that he is the real deal. You can see it on film. You can see it when you meet him. And he gets along really well,” Carroll said. “He’s really sharp. He’s really competitive, in that he cares. He wants to know all the details. He wants to be corrected. He wants to be helped, taught, coached and all that. He’s got the kind of focus — he’s got a unique focus — that some great players we’ve had have really demonstrated.”