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Browns Designate TE David Njoku as Franchise Player, Tender Three

David Njoku’s tweet after the news broke.

Designated as franchise player (1):
TE David Njoku

Tendered exclusive rights players (3):
WR Ja’Marcus Bradley

G Michael Dunn

OL Blake Hance

The Cleveland Browns have tagged tight end, David Njoku. The franchise tag is projected to be worth about 10.6 million for TEs. In 2021, Njoku was 3rd on the team with 475 Receiving Yards, and led the team in TDs (4). I’m very happy that “The Chief” is back for another season with the Browns! From reports during the 2020/2021 NFL season that Njoku was unhappy in Cleveland, to him having his most productive year in the 2021/2022 season! Over his career with the Browns, Njoku has become a reliable target for Baker Mayfield to throw it to.

David Njoku is a reliable receiving tight end

David Njoku played in 16 games last season, catching 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns. The 2017 first round pick recorded the longest reception by a tight end in 2021 after a 71-yard touchdown grab at the Chargers on Oct. 10. Njoku has appeared in 65 career games and recorded 148 receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns. It shouldn’t be forgotten that David Njoku was one of the youngest rookies in the league when he came in. Over time he has grown and developed, becoming a solid run blocker, a better route runner, and a better pass catcher. He is only 25 years old and he hasn’t hit his prime! A big win for the Cleveland Browns organization.

Bradley has appeared in eight games since joining the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He registered four receptions for 64 yards in five games last season.

Dunn started two games at right guard and appeared in 14 contests in 2021.

Hance appeared in all 17 games in 2021, starting eight (six at right tackle, two at left tackle).


Kevin McAndrews is a Sports Journalist and Writer for NEO Sports Insiders. Graduated from Bay High School in 2010. 2009 WSC Championship team 1st team all WSC and 3rd team All Ohio at Left Guard. He has spent over 10 years in the Cleveland media covering sports with experience in radio, television, podcasting and digital media. He has covered high school football, college football, Cleveland Guardians, Browns & Cavaliers. The Akron Zips, Columbus Crew, Cleveland SC and Ohio State Buckeyes. Graduated from University of Akron in 2017 with duel degrees in Sports Management and Business (BBA). Follow Kevin McAndrews @BigKevinSports

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