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Browns, TE David Njoku very close to new deal

5/25/2022 2:53:11 PM
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Browns tight end David Njoku is skipping voluntary Organized Team Activities while he awaits his contract extension, but the two sides are very close on all but the guarantees, a league source tells Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Njoku, who accompanied Deshaun Watson on his all-expenses paid trip to the Bahamas for his offensive teammates last weekend, is holding out of the team practices that began this week at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea until his extension is done.

The Browns franchised him for 2022 at $10.931 million, but have been talking extension with his agent, Malki Kawa, for months. The deadline to extend franchised players is July 15th.

Njoku’s camp and the Browns have agreed to a yearly average worth between $13 million and $14 million, which would make him the fifth-highest paid tight end in the NFL behind San Francisco’s George Kittle, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews.

But the guaranteed money in the deal is the issue. If the two sides can close that gap, they can get the deal done as soon as this week.

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