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Report: Dallas Cowboys among teams interested in trading for Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku

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The Cowboys tight end room could use some more firepower.

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The Dallas Cowboys have been very busy this offseason. Mike McCarthy has made many decisions during his tenure as the team’s head coach and they have mostly been ones that have met with approval.

There are expectations for McCarthy’s Cowboys to be among the better offenses in the NFL this season, that type of talk and chatter can start when you draft CeeDee Lamb and put him on what was already one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL.

What if the Cowboys added even more, though?

Dallas is reportedly interested in trading for Browns tight end David Njoku

On Friday there was a report that Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has asked his team, the one that drafted him 29th overall in 2017, to trade him. This makes sense considering that Cleveland paid Austin Hooper big money this offseason.

Typically when something like this happens it is met with a “should the Cowboys be interested?” type of response. Well what do you know, the Cowboys are reportedly interested.

But the Browns, who picked up his fifth-year option in April worth about $6.4 million for the 2021 season, want to keep him and would likely want a first-round pick to trade him, one source told cleveland.com. The Cowboys are one team that might have some interest, another source said.

Let’s be clear. It is possible, some would argue likely, that the Cowboys are being thrown out as an interested party so as to garner interest in Njoku across the league. We see this kind of thing happen all of the time.

Obviously it is also possible that the Cowboys are legitimately interested in David Njoku, although they did just make a commitment to Blake Jarwin this offseason. It wouldn’t exactly be fun for Jarwin to have somebody show up unexpectedly and eat into his snap count for the second year in a row (shout out to Jason Witten).

David Njoku was thought to be quite the prospect when he came out of Miami three years ago, but it’s been a bit of a bumpy road for him in Cleveland since then. He caught four touchdowns in each of his first two seasons but only played in four games last year.

There is no doubt that a change of scenery might be in David Njoku’s best interest, but it is hard to see that change being to the Dallas Cowboys. Anything can happen, but given that the Browns reportedly want a first-round pick that price is going to be too high for Dallas.

It is worth noting though that Mike McCarthy did interview with the Cleveland Browns to be their head coach before he interviewed and ultimately got the job with the Dallas Cowboys. McCarthy likely studied the Browns at that time.