BEREA (Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns have agreed terms on a four-year, $56.75million deal with tight end David Njoku. It includes $28 Million guaranteed, his agent confirmed Friday.
Agent Malki Kawa confirmed it on social media, while Njoku Thank you to the Browns organizationIn an Instagram post
Njoku was issued a franchise tag by the Browns in this offseason. He had until July 15, 2015, to agree to a long term contract. Njoku would have been eligible to play the 2022 season under the franchise tender worth $10.931 million if they hadn’t reached a deal. ESPN obtained a memo from Njoku.
Njoku, 25, had 148 receptions in five seasons for the Browns. He also caught 36 passes for 475 yards, four touchdowns and a total of 36 catches last season. His new contract will make him one of the league’s highest-paid tight ends.
His best season was during quarterback Baker Mayfield’s rookie year in 2018, when Njoku accumulated a career-high 56 catches and 639 yards. Njoku was targeted 88 times in the first year. His targets decreased over the next three seasons.
The Browns believe that Njoku, with the help of Deshaun Watson, will flourish in the future.
The Browns are currently the only NFL team with a quarterback (Watson), runningback(Nick Chubb), wide-receiver (Amari Cooper), tight end (Njoku), and all rank in the top 7 at their position in guaranteed cash.
ESPN Stats & Information research revealed that Njoku set career highs in yards per catch and yards after catch per receiver last season. This demonstrates the physical skills that made him 29th overall in the 2017 draft.
Njoku was fourth among tight ends in league in yards per target (9.0 yard) and tied for first with yards after the catch per goal (6.7 yard).