David Njoku demanded a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and the Tennessee Titans should consider trading for him.
With Delanie Walker no longer in the picture, the Tennessee Titans no longer have a player at tight end that they can rely on as consistently as they could Walker. Jonnu Smith will likely be the starting tight end with MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser to battle out the backup or TE2 spot.
Adding a reliable tight end would only lift the Titans’ offense to the elite level that they want to perform at. It’s possible Jonnu Smith could contribute to that, but if the Titans were to trade for David Njoku, it would be an upgrade at the tight end position.
Njoku demanded a trade from the Browns before the start of training camp, which seems pretty crazy to come from someone who was hurt for more than half of the 2019 season and has only been in the league for three years.
Regardless of that, Njoku played a big part in the Browns’ offense in his first two seasons in the NFL. He had 32 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, and 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns in his second season.
He broke his wrist in his third season, which forced him to sit out 12 games last season. In the four games that he played, Njoku had five receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown.
Before his third season, he was seen by many as a rising star on the field but came with some issues off the field. Some of those issues are work ethic and attitude. He reportedly likes the current coaching staff in Cleveland, though, but his butting heads with former head coach Freddie Kitchens might’ve been enough to move him away from Cleveland.
GM Andrew Berry likes him enough to pick up his 2021 option, but he might not be there to fulfill that option, and the Titans should entertain the idea and see what the Browns want for Njoku.
If Njoku can come back and be 100% by the time Week 1 rolls around, I think he could have a season at least as good as his second season where he had over 600 receiving yards. If Njoku can stay healthy and play for a team like the Titans, I think he could thrive and have a 1,000-yard season in the next few years.
It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out in Cleveland, and if the front office and coaching staff can mend whatever the issue is with Njoku. If not, Njoku could very well be on the move, and Tennessee could be a solid landing spot.