Browns' David Njoku is under contract until 2021, but he wants to leave Cleveland as soon as possible.
The former first-round pick and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, requested a change of team on Friday. The Browns would like to keep Njoku, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, But Njoku and Rosenhaus informed Cleveland that they want the trade to be completed before the training camp.
"It's in David's interest to find a new team right now," Rosenhaus told Schefter.
Njoku's request may be a reaction to the Browns' off-season moves. Cleveland signed Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper for a four-year contract this offseason and selected Florida Atlantic's Harrison Bryant tight end in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft.
A broken wrist limited Njoku to just four games last season, but he was productive during the 2018 campaign. Njoku took 56 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns that year, playing in all 16 games of the regular season.
"We still have a lot of faith in David and he is very talented", Andrew Berry, general manager of Browns, said in April. "Obviously, he hasn't been in the field much in the past year, but he's a guy with excellent physical tools, he proved NFL production and we still think the future is very bright with him here."
Njoku is expected to earn $ 1.76 million in 2020 and $ 6.013 million in 2021 as part of its current agreement with the Browns.