Denver Broncos: 9 tight ends the team could acquire for depth

Denver Broncos, Tyler Eifert. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos, David Njoku
Denver Broncos 2021 offseason: David Njoku. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

9. David Njoku (Browns, trade)

The Cleveland Browns have obviously not been chomping at the bit to trade David Njoku despite obviously shoving the former first-round pick down the depth chart and pecking order at the position.

The Browns had Njoku playing over 400 snaps in 2020 despite the fact that both big-money free agent acquisition Austin Hooper and draft pick Harrison Bryant supplanted him on the depth chart.

Njoku is a fascinating talent with tremendous size and athleticism.

He is listed at 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, has freakishly long 35-inch arms, tremendous explosiveness (37.5-inch vertical jump), speed, and quickness.

The upside for Njoku is still very high, but the front office and coaching regime change has obviously opened the door for the possibility that, for the right value, Cleveland could and perhaps even would move on from the former Miami Hurricanes star.

Njoku, despite being picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, is not yet 25 years old. He’s got plenty of upside yet and at just over $6 million this season, the price point is not too high to consider if you think he can be an effective TE2 or at least share that role with Albert Okwuegbunam, and possibly be your TE1 in case of injury to Noah Fant.

With 112 receptions in his first four NFL season, 11 touchdowns among them, Njoku may need a change of scenery to realize his full potential.