Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has decided to sit out the Browns OTAs at least this week because of a contract dispute. However, Njoku and the Browns apparently aren’t that far apart in negotiations.
Report: David Njoku, Browns "very close" on most details of new contract. https://t.co/gJ54KTeh8j
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 25, 2022
Njoku, who was drafted by the Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft, caught 36 passes for 475 yards and 4 touchdowns last year, playing a huge part in the Browns’ offense.
The deal the #Browns and David Njoku are close to an agreement on is reportedly (Mary Kay) between $13-14M, which would make him the 5th highest paid TE in the league.
How do we feel about that? pic.twitter.com/HaxZNShGxU
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) May 25, 2022
And apparently, Njoku did accompany quarterback Deshaun Watson and the rest of the Browns offensive players to the Bahamas for their recent bonding trip.
Njoku is not the only NFL star not making an appearance this week at OTAs because of contract issues. San Francisco 49ers running back Deebo Samuel wants a new contract and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is likely to get an extension thanks in part to sitting out.
Unlike Samuel and Murray, Njoku’s deal is more lately to happen sooner than later, which is good news for Browns fans.
The Browns, of course, are dealing with a lot so far this offseason. But if they get Njoku’s new contract deal off the table, it will be one less thing they will have to worry about this season.
Good luck Miami Dolphins & Dallas Cowboys in trying to convince Mike Gesicki & Dalton Schultz to sign for less than what David Njoku is going to get. https://t.co/6Xq2nW2m3c
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 25, 2022