Broncos ship fan-favorite Andy Janovich to Cleveland

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Fullback Andy Janovich #32 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Andy Janovich is now a member of the Cleveland Browns.

NFL news is flying around at a furious rate with the 2020 league year set to officially begin on Wednesday. The juiciest news since Monday has come in the form of trades, rather than free-agent signings, and the Denver Broncos decided to make a trade on Tuesday afternoon.

That trade saw fullback Andy Janovich sent to the Browns in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2021 draft. Janovich leaves after four seasons with the team.

Mike Klis reported the news, through a source.

Many Broncos fans are not going to like this move, particularly when considering the compensation the team got in return. However, the fullback position will not be a focus in Denver with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Janovich, though a great special teams player, likely wouldn't have seen the field often.

Janovich signed a three-year extension with the team in October, but just one month later, he suffered a nasty elbow injury in a loss against the Minnesota Vikings. That turned out to be his final play of the season and now, his final play with the team.

A sixth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2016, Janovich rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos while also catching 22 passes for 233 yards and another score. He will mostly be remembered for his hard-nosed attitude on the field and his terrific special teams play.

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"Jano" as he was affectionately known, now moves on to Cleveland and its new head coach, Kevin Stefanski. As offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings last season, Stefanski helped fullback C.J. Ham reach the Pro Bowl.

He will now look to do the same with Janovich.