Believe it or not, a chunk of the NFL is reportedly interested in acquiring Trent Williams, who's a very good pro that plays a very premium position.
But the Browns appear to be one of the favorites, if not the favorite, to land the left tackle in a trade, seeing as they already openly pursued him in 2019.
So, if Washington and Cleveland do get to a point where trade talks become serious, draft picks will of course be considered as compensation for Williams. However, the Redskins could also ask the Browns for a player in return — but whom?
That's a question the Redskins Talk podcast posed to Mary Kay Cabot, a longtime beat writer for Cleveland.com, in their most recent episode. But before getting to her answer on who'd be a reasonable request, here's someone she shut down rather quickly.
"I don’t think the Browns want to trade Odell Beckham Jr.," she said when the receiver's name came up as a longshot idea. "I don’t think they have any intention of doing so whatsoever... I think Odell will still be on the Browns roster come September unless something unforeseen happens."
OK, so that's a no to Odell. A No-dell, if you will (and no problem if you won't).
Tight end David Njoku, on the other hand, feels like a more realistic person to go after.
Now, the 23-year-old pass catcher isn't exactly someone the organization is ready to give away, which Cabot made sure to note during her time with Redskins Talk. He's someone they drafted in the first round in 2017 and Cabot believes the team is keen on developing him despite a very disappointing 2019 season that included injuries and a rift with then-coach Freddie Kitchens.
That said, she identified him as a player who "would be a good target for someone" in a proposed deal, indicating the Browns at least wouldn't immediately reject any potential transaction involving him like they would with Beckham.
"He showed promise [in 2018] and I think with the right coaching and the right situation, he can be a really, really good tight end and catch six, seven touchdown passes or something along those lines," Cabot said.
The Burgundy and Gold could no doubt use someone like that, and perhaps instead of paying huge money to a guy like Austin Hooper in free agency, they'd prefer to snag Njoku in a swap for Williams. Sure, they could look for a second-rounder, but maybe they'd like the thought of taking a chance on Njoku better.
Yes, there are other teams and countless other possible offers that the Redskins can initiate, or will receive, while they're still in control of Williams. But if they truly start negotiating with the Browns, Njoku is someone to keep an eye on. Beckham, meanwhile, is worth no eyes.
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