Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) leaps for the ball along with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Dallin Leavitt (32) and cornerback Brandon Facyson (35) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns, TE David Njoku agree on 4-year extension

The Cleveland Browns and franchise-tagged tight end David Njoku have agreed on a four-year, $56.75 million contract extension, NFL Network reported Friday.

Under the agreement, Njoku will receive $28 million in guaranteed money at signing, per the report. With an annual average value of nearly $14.2 million, he’ll be among the top five in pay for the position.

Njoku, 25, would have earned around $10.9 million in 2022 under the franchise tag.

Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season. He has 15 career TDs in 65 games (36 starts) for the Browns since being taken No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft.

The Browns released tight end Austin Hooper earlier this offseason. Hooper later signed with the Tennessee Titans.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown (57) during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Franchise tag roundup: Chiefs OT Brown among 3 tagged Monday

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown was the first of three NFL players to receive the franchise tag on Monday.

Brown would make approximately $16.5 million on the franchise tag in 2022 if the two sides are unable to work out a long-term deal.

Acquired from the Baltimore Ravens for a first-round pick in the 2021 draft, Brown stabilized the left side of the Kansas City offensive line in a focused overhaul of the Chiefs’ front wall last offseason.

A third-round pick of the Ravens who began his career at right tackle, Brown is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who hiked his value by moving to the left side for the Ravens when Ronnie Stanley (ankle) was lost for the 2020 season.

Tagging Brown shifts the attention of general manager Brett Veach to safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week. Mathieu turns 30 in May and said he would love to be back in Kansas City. But he’s also expected to draw significant interest in free agency.

The deadline for teams to designate franchise tag players is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

–The AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals used the franchise tag on starting safety Jessie Bates III.

Bates and the Bengals have not reached a long-term contract extension after negotiating the past two offseasons. By placing the tag on Bates Monday, Cincinnati has until July 15 to sign him to a new long-term deal. Otherwise, the 25-year-old safety will play 2022 under the tag, expected to be roughly $13 million.

Bates has started all but two games for the Bengals since entering the league as a 2018 second-round draft pick. A second-team All-Pro in 2020, Bates has compiled 408 tackles, 35 pass breakups, 10 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over four seasons.

Bates added two interceptions in the 2021 playoffs, including one on Matthew Stafford during Super Bowl LVI, along with six pass breakups.

–The Cleveland Browns placed the franchise tag on tight end David Njoku.

Njoku, 25, will earn around $10.9 million in 2022 unless the two sides are able to reach a long-term deal.

Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season. He has 15 career TDs in 65 games (36 starts) for the Browns since being taken No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft.

The Browns have a decision to make on fellow TE Austin Hooper, who carries a $13.2 million cap hit in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) blows a kiss to fans following the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Browns slap franchise tag on TE David Njoku

The Cleveland Browns placed the franchise tag on tight end David Njoku on Monday.

Njoku, 25, will earn around $10.9 million in 2022 unless the two sides are able to reach a long-term deal.

Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season. He has 15 career TDs in 65 games (36 starts) for the Browns since being taken No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft.

The Browns have a decision to make on fellow TE Austin Hooper, who carries a $13.2 million cap hit in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) sheds a tackle from Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Joe Schobert (93) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns placing TE David Njoku on COVID list

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Njoku, 25, has played in all 12 games (nine starts) and has 27 catches for 407 yards and three touchdowns.

His vaccination status and availability for Sunday’s AFC North clash between the host Browns (6-6) and Baltimore Ravens (8-4) are unclear.

A first-round pick by Cleveland in 2017, Njoku has 139 receptions for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns in 61 career games (34 starts).

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown  against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Browns TE Njoku activated from injured reserve

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku was activated from injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Njoku has been sidelined since the season opener with a knee injury. He will be available to play for the Browns (3-1) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the visiting Indianapolis Colts (3-1).

The 24-year-old Njoku caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 13 before leaving in the second half.

Njoku has 96 receptions for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games since the Browns made him a first-round pick (29th overall) out of Miami, Fla., in 2017. He missed 12 games last season with a broken wrist.

The Browns also promoted defensive tackle Joey Ivie to the active roster and signed Cameron Malveaux to their practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown  against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Browns TE Njoku activated from injured reserve

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku was activated from injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Njoku has been sidelined since the season opener with a knee injury. He will be available to play for the Browns (3-1) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the visiting Indianapolis Colts (3-1).

The 24-year-old Njoku caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 13 before leaving in the second half.

Njoku has 96 receptions for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games since the Browns made him a first-round pick (29th overall) out of Miami, Fla., in 2017. He missed 12 games last season with a broken wrist.

The Browns also promoted defensive tackle Joey Ivie to the active roster and signed Cameron Malveaux to their practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown  against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Browns TE Njoku activated from injured reserve

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku was activated from injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Njoku has been sidelined since the season opener with a knee injury. He will be available to play for the Browns (3-1) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the visiting Indianapolis Colts (3-1).

The 24-year-old Njoku caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 13 before leaving in the second half.

Njoku has 96 receptions for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games since the Browns made him a first-round pick (29th overall) out of Miami, Fla., in 2017. He missed 12 games last season with a broken wrist.

The Browns also promoted defensive tackle Joey Ivie to the active roster and signed Cameron Malveaux to their practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown  against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Browns TE Njoku activated from injured reserve

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku was activated from injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Njoku has been sidelined since the season opener with a knee injury. He will be available to play for the Browns (3-1) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the visiting Indianapolis Colts (3-1).

The 24-year-old Njoku caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 13 before leaving in the second half.

Njoku has 96 receptions for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games since the Browns made him a first-round pick (29th overall) out of Miami, Fla., in 2017. He missed 12 games last season with a broken wrist.

The Browns also promoted defensive tackle Joey Ivie to the active roster and signed Cameron Malveaux to their practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Jordan Evans (50) defends against a pass to Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. The pass fell incomplete. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Njoku rescinds trade request, stays with Browns

Tight end David Njoku wants to remain with the Cleveland Browns after all.

Nearly one month after his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked for his client to be traded, Njoku took to social media to declare that he wants to stay with the Browns.

“I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work,” Njoku posted Saturday on Twitter.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Rosenhaus said that his client has had “some good meetings with the new Browns’ organization including GM Andrew Berry and he has decided to give the team his full commitment right now and go from there.”

Rosenhaus’ recent comment is much different than the one from July 3, when he declared that his client wanted out of Cleveland.

“It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time,” Rosenhaus told Schefter at the time.

Njoku, 24, is entering his fourth season since the Browns selected him with the 29th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He had 88 catches for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns in 32 games (19 starts) through his first two seasons.

He managed just five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in four games (one start) in a disappointing 2019 campaign, in which he missed time with a broken wrist and was a healthy scratch late in the season.

Njoku said after the season he wasn’t sure if he would be back, but the team picked up his fifth-year option for 2021. The option, worth $6 million, is guaranteed only for injury until next spring. Njoku has a base salary of $1.8 million for 2020.

The Browns also made significant investments elsewhere at tight end this offseason, catering to new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s preference to use multiple tight ends. They signed Austin Hooper to a four-year, $44 million contract and took Harrison Bryant out of Florida Atlantic in the fourth round in April.

–Field Level Media