Inside the David Njoku deal

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The Browns last week gave tight end David Njoku a new contract. It’s great money, based on his production and performance during five NFL seasons.

The contract isn’t a four-year extension, but a four-year deal that replaces what he would have earned under the franchise tag in 2022 — $10.9 million.

We’ve gotten a look at the details of the four-year contract. Here’s the full breakdown:

1. Signing bonus: $11.465 million.

2. 2022 base salary: $1.035 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2023 base salary: $4.5 million, fully guaranteed.

4. 2023 option bonus: $8 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed in March 2023.

5. 2024 base salary: $13 million, $3 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing. The $3 million becomes guaranteed in March 2023.

6. 2024 per-game roster bonuses: Up to $1.5 million.

7. 2025 base salary: $14.25 million.

8. 2025 per-game roster bonuses: Up to $1.0 million.

The deal also has annual incentives of $250,000 for being named a first- or second-team All-Pro or $500,000 for being named a first- or second-team All-Pro and for the Browns making it to the playoffs.

As a practical matter, it’s a two-year, $25 million deal. The Browns have a team-held option for each of the final two years. He’d have $3 million in guaranteed pay for 2024, if the Browns move on after 2023.

It’s more than he’d make under two years of the franchise tag ($23.98 million), and it guarantees $17 million of it right away. To avoid the extra $11 millions in guarantees, the Browns would have to release Njoku after only one season.

5 responses to “Inside the David Njoku deal

  1. Darren Waller’s agent has a little more swag in his step walking into the Raiders headquarters after reading this deal. The Raiders FO have a queezy feeling in their stomachs after reading it.

  2. Nice break down of the details. It’s been very difficult to know exactly what to expect out of Njoku with all of the inconsistent QB play. Looks like that situation isn’t going to change anytime soon.

  3. He did not get the ball thrown his way often enough same can be said for Hunt you have to wonder just what Stefanski is thinking about he’s like a QB who can only get to a 2nd read then bails he does not use all his weapons he has not grown as a play caller as a HC i like him as a play caller naaaaaaaaa
    he has no imagination .

  4. 17 million up front is a lot of cash for a player of his production. I think maybe some of that money is an apology of trying to replace him with Hooper a few years ago.

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