What David Njoku’s New Contract Means For Dawson Knox

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What David Njoku’s New Contract Means For Dawson Knox


What David Njoku’s New Contract Means For Dawson Knox


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On May 27, 2022, the Cleveland Browns reached a contract extension with their tight end David Njoku. The contract extension is a four-year, $56,750,000 deal with $28,000,000 guaranteed. This also puts it at roughly $14,000,000 per year making him the fifth highest-paid tight end behind George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Dallas Goedert, and Mark Andrews. This new contract will be the start of how to look at Dawson Knox’s.


The Browns are banking on the upside with Njoku. Since being drafted by the Browns in 2017, Njoku has struggled to see the field. He has only had one season where he saw over 800 snaps and that was in 2018. Otherwise, his snap counts have been 500, 99, 410, and 670. The 99 snaps in 2019 were due to him suffering a wrist fracture in week two against the New York Jets. Over his five-year regular-season career so far, he has had 148 receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns. He struggled with drops early on in his career which is why his career catch percentage is 61.7%. Njoku has only been a middle-tier tight end so for this type of money the Browns are hoping he can develop more in the future. 


Dawson Knox will be entering a contract year with the Buffalo Bills as he is now in the final year of his rookie contract. Knox saw a 2021 regular season with immense improvement as he had 587 yards and nine touchdowns over 49 receptions and had a catch percentage of 69%. All of these were career highs for him. This adds to his three-year career total of having 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns over 101 receptions.

What Knox has done in three years, is about the same amount of production Njoku has accomplished in five years. Much like Njoku as well, Knox struggled with drops early on in his career only to turn things around in 2021. In the Bills pass-heavy offense, Knox has turned into a reliable target. The Bills should expect him now to ask for the same, if not better of a contract at the end of the 2022 season.

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