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The Cleveland Browns and scarce David Njoku have been working toward a massive new deal that could be coming soon, judging by the former first-round pick’s social media.

Shortly after the Browns re-signed Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal to keep him in Cleveland, Njoku took to social media to get involved.

“I guess it’s my turn.” wrote Njoku in an Instagram storyby posting a photo of Myles Garrett celebrating the signing of Clowney.

Last season, Njoku played out his fifth-year option with the Browns and finished with the third-most yards among Browns players with 475 yards on 36 receptions — a solid 13.2 average. The Browns beat him this offseason with the franchise tag, which will bring him just over $10 million a season. However, Njoku was clear that he would like to wear a Browns uniform for the foreseeable future.

“I honestly want to stay here for the rest of my career so my agent and the Browns are still in talks, we’re still negotiating, figuring out what we can do and we’re going to go from there,” Njoku said during his Exit interview on January 10th.

The Browns have offered Njoku a long-term deal that would net about $13 million a year, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

“The Browns have shown they value Njoku this offseason by making him a long-term contract offer,” Fowler wrote on May 18. 1,754 yards in five seasons. However, Njoku seems poised for a breakout [Deshaun] Watson as the new quarterback in Cleveland.”

That would make him one of the five highest-paid players in his position, with only George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Dallas Goedert and Mark Andrews earning more each year.

Njoku has been open about admitting his love for Cleveland lately, but it hasn’t always been the case. Njoku requested a trade ahead of the 2020 season, which general manager Andrew Berry was quick to refuse. After a miserable year under year-old head coach Freddie Kitchens, Njoku found himself buried on the depth chart, with the Browns paying a hefty sum for free agent tight end Austin Hooper (four years, $42 million) and Harrison Bryant in fourth draft rounds.

Njoku has worked his way back into the team’s good graces, particularly with head coach Kevin Stefanski, who loves his tight ends. Hooper is gone now and Njoku is ready for a breakout with Deshaun Watson now taking center stage in Cleveland.

“David is a guy who has grown tremendously as a player and as a person over the past few seasons,” Stefanski told reporters Jan. 8. “The way he plays on the field and the things that we are asking him to do, I think he’s doing a really good job. I think the tape speaks for itself. He’s grown as a pro. He’s still a young man, so he’s also developing as a person.”

Njoku and the Browns will start OTAs in Berea on Tuesday.



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