If Browns move on from David Njoku, Kyle Rudolph would appear a fit

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On Saturday, David Njoku wrote what sounded like a goodbye to Cleveland. The tight end asked for a trade last summer and again before the trade deadline.

The Browns didn’t listen, but Njoku played only 36 percent of the offensive snaps and made only 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

He remains under contract for the 2021 season with a $6.013 million base salary. That’s the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, and it’s not guaranteed, so the Browns could release him or try to trade him if they don’t think he’s worth that much with the salary cap shrinking.

Coach Kevin Stefanski said he doesn’t know whether Njoku still wants out.

“David is somebody who I respect and value — the production he gave us on the field and the teammate he is,’’ Stefanski said. “As it relates to him in particular, I am not aware of that. I know I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of players over the course of the season and over the course of many seasons so I will continue to have that dialogue with all of our guys to see where they are, but I am not aware of anything in particular with David.”

The Vikings announced Tuesday they are cutting Kyle Rudolph. That news is not unrelated.

Rudolph spent nine seasons with Stefanski in Minnesota, and would love to play for Stefanski again, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports.

9 responses to “If Browns move on from David Njoku, Kyle Rudolph would appear a fit

  1. Kyle will do well wherever he lands. Njoku might benefit from a change of scenery. I’m glad the Redskins are set at TE will Logan “Wolverine” Thomas.

  2. Doesn’t Rudolph make more than $6m with the Vikings? The Browns are going to pay him more than $6m? Good player but I think they would be better off putting that extra money into their defense. We’ll see…

  3. Rudolph is also from Ohio so yeah that makes pretty good sense.

    Gonna miss him in Minny. Truly a great dude.

  4. Yeah…..still not wanting to give Njoku away……let’s see if someone values him enough to trade for him. Stefanski uses too many 3 TE sets to let him go for nothing.

  5. Wait, so the Browns will swap out tight ends for a 7 years older, more expensive and slower player. Shoot the Vikings would probably made that trade.

  6. qckappa says:
    March 3, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Wait, so the Browns will swap out tight ends for a 7 years older, more expensive and slower player. Shoot the Vikings would probably made that trade.
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    There’s no trade. The Vikings are cutting Rudolph. He will probably not make more than $6 million as a free agent. He is also still much better than David Njoku has ever been.

  7. Wish him all the best, in either Cleveland or elsewhere. He’s got zero speed and quickness, but great hands, height and is now a good blocker. His leadership also might benefit that clubhouse. If that’s what Stefanski needs, and they have other TEs that can get downfield, Rudolph should be their guy.

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