The Cleveland Browns have signed starting tight end David Njoku to a 4-year, $56.75M extension. The $14.1875M per year contract includes $28M in guaranteed money. He had previously been given the franchise tag and had until July 15th to work out a contract extension.
Njoku enters his sixth season in the NFL all with Cleveland after they selected him in the 1st round (29th) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami.
For his career Njoku has 148 receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 TD's. Last season he had 475 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. His most productive season was 2018 when he set career highs with 56 receptions for 629 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Njoku had been holding out of OTA's while negotiations between his agent and the Browns were taking place. The Browns believe his production can be take to the next level this season and beyond paired with new quarterback Deshaun Watson. He has been plagued with dropped passes throughout his Browns career seemingly making the difficult plays while dropping easy passes that hit him in the hands. His drop percentage though has gotten better each season.
Like the extensions signed before him (Watson, Denzel Ward, Amari Copper, John Johnson & Nick Chubb), Njoku's contract is backloaded with a minimum base salary the first year allowing the team to rollover cap space.
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