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The Cleveland Browns and tight-end David Njoku turned the franchise brand into a huge four-year contract extension.
Before the start of the 2022 league year, there was a common theme among some NFL teams, and that was to place the franchise mark on their tight end set to hit free agency. The Cleveland Browns were one of those teams when they put the franchise mark on David Njoku, allowing both sides until July 15 to negotiate a new deal. They achieved it with over a month to spare.
According to The NFL Network Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, Browns and Njoku agreed on a four-year contract extension of $ 56.75 million. Njoku is fully guaranteed $ 28 million and will now be the fifth highest paid tight end in the NFL.
Browns, David Njoku accepts a huge contract extension
If Cleveland and Njoku had not reached an agreement within the deadline, he would have been paid $ 10.9 million for the upcoming season.
The Browns spent the 29th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft on Njoku, which played for the Miami Hurricane football program. Njoku had a breakout second season with the Browns in 2018 as he caught 56-of-88 goals for 639 yards and four touchdowns.
In total, Njoku recorded 148 receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns in his five seasons with the team.
Other tight-ends that have received the franchise mark this offseason and are looking for a new deal are Dalton Schultz of the Dallas Cowboys and Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins.
After five seasons, the Browns rewarded Njoku by making him one of the highest paid tight-ends in the entire league.