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    David Njoku trade odds: Handicappers reveal teams to watch

    SportsLine handicappers reveal odds for where Browns tight David Njoku might land after requesting a trade.
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    The Cleveland Browns could have one of the more talented 1-2 punches at tight end during the 2020 NFL season, but now one of those players reportedly wants out. David Njoku requested a trade out of Cleveland over the weekend as agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's in his client's best interest to play elsewhere.

    Njoku was the No. 29 overall pick out Miami in the 2017 NFL Draft. He showed glimpses of that first-round upside in both 2017 and 2018. He made 32 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie and followed that up up with 56 grabs for 639 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. 

    But, like Cleveland's overall 2019 campaign, Njoku flopped last season. He missed all but four games due to a wrist injury, and when he was on the field, he didn't do much -- making just five catches for 41 yards and one touchdown. 

    The Browns did exercise their fifth-year option on him this spring, keeping him under team control through 2021. Cleveland, however, invested heavily in the position this offseason, signing top free agent tight end Austin Hooper and using a fourth-round pick on Harrison Bryant out of Florida Atlantic. 

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    With that in mind, SportsLine handicappers have revealed odds for where Njoku will be playing in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season if he's traded. These odds are for informational purposes only.

    If David Njoku is traded by the Browns, which team will he be playing for Week 1 of the 2020 season?

    Patriots +300
    Redskins +400
    Packers +400
    Jaguars +500
    Panthers +550
    Cardinals +600
    Bears +800
    Texans +900
    Cowboys +1000

    New England is the favorite as the Patriots look for any kind of production from the position that has struggled mightily since Rob Gronkowski's exit. Ben Watson led New England tight ends last year with just 173 receiving yards. He's no longer on the roster, and a depth chart that's led by names such as Matt LaCosse and Devin Asiasi could certainly use a boost. 

    Other tight end-needy teams such as the Redskins (4-1), Packers (4-1), Texans (9-1) and Cowboys (10-1) are on the board as they all could be candidates in a potential buy-low situation on a talented player. 

    Any offseason conversation about teams in the market for tight ends isn't complete without the Bears as well. They've had as many as 10 on their roster this offseason as they look for a better solution than free agent bust Trey Burton, who was cut in the offseason. 

    Signing veteran Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame in the second round were the most notable moves, but without a clear-cut answer at the position, they're in the mix for Njoku as well at 8-1.

    The Browns are currently getting 40-1 in the NFL odds to win Super Bowl LV from William Hill. 

    SportsLine Staff

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