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David Njoku has decided he wants to play for the Cleveland Browns after all. He issued a post on Twitter on Saturday announcing he was “all in” and that it’s time to get to work.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported shortly after the post that sources told her it did indeed mean he had reversed course from an earlier position, where he asked for a trade.

Njoku’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus officially asked for the trade just ahead of the July 4 holiday, though the Browns had long said they weren’t interested in dealing the player. It appears conversations between the team and the tight end are the reason for the change of heart.

Cabot said Rosenhaus emailed her after a request for comment. In the email he said Njoku had some “good meetings” with the club in the last few weeks. General Manager Andrew Berry and Njokue reportedly had some one-on-one talks which helped convince the player to drop his demands for a trade.

Njoku did report to camp when he was supposed to, and reportedly did so with a “great attitude.” He is said to be in great shape as well and worked hard over the offseason to report in top of the line shape for this coming season.

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Njoku is also said to really believe new head coach Kevin Stefanski wants to work with him. There were reports at the time of the request to leave town that part of the issue is that the tight end was worried his role would be diminished in the new offense. Stefanski is known for running a two tight end set. A great deal of his offense when he was with the Minnesota Vikings ran through the position.

“My stance hasn’t changed,” Stefanski said in a Zoom conference call with reporters earlier this week. “The organization’s stance hasn’t changed in that we believe in David, excited to work with him. I will get to finally be in the same room as him this weekend as he is coming in for physicals and then get out on the field with him Monday.”

After Njoku made it clear he didn’t want to return to the team in 2020, he received quite a bit of backlash from fans, according to Cabot. In late July, he addressed that response, saying he loved the city of Cleveland but that things were at play that was bigger than that.

Now, after a series of meetings with the Browns’ front office, Njoku has made it clear whatever made him want to leave has been taken care of for the player.

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LAFC forward Adama Diomande says hes terminating contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC forward Adama Diomande has announced he is leaving the club.

LAFC didn’t immediately respond to Diomande’s posts on social media Thurday.

Diomande cited the “many family priorities in my life” as the reason for his decision, writing, “I have decided to terminate my contract with immediate effect in order to best care for my loved ones.”

Diomande was a valuable backup striker for LAFC in 2018 and again in 2019 when the club finished with Major League Soccer’s best record. The 30-year-old Norwegian veteran scored 12 goals in just 18 games during LAFC’s inaugural season in 2018, and he added eight regular-season goals last season.

But Diomande missed the last month of the 2019 regular season after voluntarily entering the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. He said he made the move to handle a pressing family issue, and he scored two goals in the MLS postseason after returning.

He then broke a bone in his foot during the preseason this year. He played only 16 minutes in the MLS tournament in Florida this summer before injuring his foot again and leaving the team.

“I have put a lot of thought into this decision and have come to the conclusion that it will be the best for all parties,” Diomande wrote. “I would like to thank the club for (its) understanding and our enthusiastic fans. From the bottom of my heart I will never forget (these) valuable experiences and moments that we shared on and off the field.”

Diomande’s role as a backup or striking counterpoint to MLS MVP Carlos Vega could be filled largely by Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has been outstanding since joining LAFC. The longtime New York Red Bulls star scored three goals in three games at the Florida tournament.

Diomande made nearly $935,000 last season, ranking him fourth on the club.

Diomande began his pro career in Norway. He spent three years at Hull City before moving to LAFC and being reunited with Bob Bradley, his onetime coach at Stabæk.

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