The Dallas Cowboys reportedly have no interest in trading for tight end David Njoku, who asked the Cleveland Browns to trade him after the team that drafted him in the first round three years ago exercised their 2021 option on the player.
Njoku hoped the Browns wouldn't exercise their 2021 option on his contract as he prefers to be playing elsewhere next year and presumably get more time playing as his team have a crowded tight end corp. Njoku, who broke his wrist last season and appeared in only four games, was targeted 10 times last season, he caught five passes for 41 yards and scored one touchdown -- while throughout his career he has caught 93 passes for 1,066 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
"It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” Njoku's agent Drew Rosenhaus told Adam Schefter of ESPN, as revealed on Pro Football Talk. The Browns have signed ex Baltimore Raven tight end Austin Hooper this offseason, while they further upgraded the position by drafting Harrison Bryant in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft.
The Cowboys not interested in Njoku's services
After agent Rosenhaus asked the Browns to trade Njoku, the rumors began to swirl that the Cowboys were interested in signing the tight end -- but Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated quoted two sources who told him the team Texas has no interest in signing the 23-year-old.
The Cowboys have shown the belief in their starting tight end Blake Jarwin when they signed the 25-year-old to a three-year contract this offseason, handing him a contract worth just over $24 million with just over $9 million in guaranteed money.
The Cowboys are preparing for new times (after the global pandemic across the world and all its problems) at the tight end position as this offseason they said goodbye to their long-time tight end Jason Witten, who is now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders after the team decided to commit to Jarwin.
The Cowboys tight end corp also features Blake Bell, a blocking tight end who is a former part-time starter of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Dalton Schultz, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft.