Fans can and will debate the merits of the players on their favorite teams on a regular basis, but there is one thing that is not in dispute when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.
Several of the players who are paid to catch the football are highly skilled at sending out vague messages on social media that can be interpreted in any number of ways.
The latest is tight end David Njoku, who sent out a Tweet on Saturday morning expressing appreciation for his fans:
Whatever happens I appreciate all the love from all my loyal fans. I’ve kept quiet for a while but I wanted to express that at least for now. I love u guys https://t.co/1ZjGfSMGzY— Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) February 27, 2021
The Tweet reads:
“Whatever happens I appreciate all the love from all my loyal fans. I’ve kept quiet for a while but I wanted to express that at least for now. I love u guys”
That, in turn, led to speculation about just what Njoku meant by that Tweet. Is this his way of saying that he plans to once again ask to be traded? Is he letting on that general manager Andrew Berry has already notified him that he will be released in the coming days?
Surely it must mean something ... right?
Well, not necessarily.
The Browns exercised Njoku’s fifth-year option last May, so he is under contract for the 2021 season at just a shade over $6 million. That salary becomes guaranteed on March 17, so if the Browns decided it is time to move on, they could trade or release Njoku and free up that money for help elsewhere given that they have tight ends Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant on the roster.
But that trio combined for 89 receptions, 886 yards and nine touchdowns as the Browns made the playoffs, so keeping the group intact for another season could be in the team’s plans.
Of course, Njoku only contributed 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns to that total, so a repeat of that, while good for the Browns, may not be so appealing to a player heading into the final year of his contract.
Earlier this month Njoku was on the Jim Rome Show and talked about how will just let the situation work itself out “in the near future.” So today’s Tweet could be a continuation of that process as free agency begins on March 17.
Basically, the Tweet can mean whatever fans want it to mean.
As for what Njoku is actually up to while fans debate his NFL future, he is currently in Nigeria with family members doing charity work:
David Njoku said this morning on IG Live he’s in Nigeria with family for charity work. The #Browns TE told @jimrome earlier this month he’d donate $15,000-$20,000 worth of food, water and essentials. His family hails from the West African country. https://t.co/UBWEbVJhD7— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) February 27, 2021
So while his NFL future may be in a bit of a state of flux, Njoku is not letting that distract him from working to make the world a better place, which is always good to see.