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Should the Redskins make a run at trading for Browns tight end David Njoku?

Should the Redskins make a run at trading for Browns tight end David Njoku?

David Njoku wants out of Cleveland, and the Redskins have a big hole at tight end. It's that simple, right? Wrong. 

The 2017 first-round pick made just five catches last season amid reports he did not get along with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, but in his first two NFL seasons Njoku produced at a much higher level, averaging 44 catches for more than 500 yards with four touchdowns each season. 

He's got talent, for sure, but still this offseason Cleveland made Austin Hooper the richest tight end in the NFL, signing him to a four-year, $42 million contract. And the Browns drafted another tight end, Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic, in the fourth round. 

The word is new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski likes to deploy a lot of 12 personnel, meaning two tight ends on the field at once, but still that's a lot of money and draft capital invested at the position other than Njoku. It makes sense he wants out and a chance to be the top dog. 

So, with a talent void at the position, should the Redskins make a trade for Njoku?

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Like most things in life, it depends on the price.

With two years remaining on his rookie deal - Cleveland exercised the fifth-year option on Njoku's rookie contract for the 2021 season in April - he has value and could bring immediate stability to the Redskins tight end room. Right now that group looks to be led by Logan Thomas, who made 16 catches all last season and is a converted college quarterback. Rookie Thaddeus Moss appears to have the most upside of the group, but he's also working back from a foot injury that caused him to go undrafted.

Beyond Thomas and Moss, the Redskins have Jeremy Sprinkle, Richard Rodgers, Hale Hentges and Caleb Wilson. None of those names elicit much excitement. 

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The reports out of Cleveland say the Browns don't want to trade Njoku, but would for a first-round pick. If that's true, the rebuilding Redskins shouldn't even pick up the phone. 

But, as training camp gets closer and this story lingers, that asking price could drop significantly.  If it gets to a Day Three pick, it's worth a conversation. 

Ron Rivera is focused on the long haul in Washington, building a sustainable playoff team for many years, not quick success in 2020. Njoku could help, but the team is also well-positioned to spend on a tight end in 2021 without giving up draft picks. Or they could see what they have in Moss in Thomas this season and draft somebody next year as needed. 

If the price is right, sure, but until that asking price drops, don't expect much to happen. 

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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

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If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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