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Browns' TE David Njoku reportedly wants a trade, so could his new team be the Redskins?

Browns' TE David Njoku reportedly wants a trade, so could his new team be the Redskins?

Browns tight end David Njoku has reportedly asked the franchise for a trade.

"It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

Well, could that new team be the Redskins?

Washington, of course, has an enormous need at the position. On an already weak offense, tight end is easily the most lacking spot when it comes to both talent and experience.

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Now, while Njoku hasn’t fully delivered on his first-round status since coming into the league since 2017, he’d still instantly become Washington’s most dangerous threat on the depth chart. That’s even with him missing most of 2019 with a broken wrist.

According to Schefter, Cleveland has apparently told Njoku they’d like to keep him, but Rosenhaus still wants his client to be moved. The organization signed Austin Hooper to a major deal this past March and also drafted Harrison Bryant in April.

The question for the Redskins is: What would they be willing to give up for the soon to be 24-year-old? And also, would Ron Rivera want to initiate a transaction? He’s indicated multiple since taking over that 2020 is all about evaluating what he has in Washington before going and adding outside pieces.

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We already know the Burgundy and Gold were interested in signing former Panthers' TE Greg Olsen on a cheaper deal before he landed with the Seahawks, but that they weren’t willing to spend the amount of cash Hooper earned with the Browns.

Njoku, who’d likely cost a decent draft pick or player, falls somewhere between those two. Let’s see if the Redskins decide whether he’s worth pursuing, or if they’ll let someone else make the swap – if it even happens.

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Trent Williams sounds relieved he won't have to deal with 'musical chairs' at QB anymore

Trent Williams sounds relieved he won't have to deal with 'musical chairs' at QB anymore

At times, Trent Williams still has to remind himself he's a 49er and not a Redskin. That's what the left tackle, who's now in San Francisco after a decade with Washington, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport during a recent episode of the RapSheet and Friends podcast.

There's no confusion on Williams' part, however, when it comes to how he feels about his new home.

"I've loved every second of it," he said. "I was welcomed with warm, open arms."

One of the reasons Williams is so optimistic about his next team is because of the man he'll be blocking for in Jimmy Garoppolo. After dealing with a game of "musical chairs" at passer with the Burgundy and Gold for nearly his entire tenure with the franchise, the Pro Bowler sounded relieved as he described how much more settled the situation is with the Niners.

"I think Jimmy G is awesome," Williams said. "As proven, I think he's a quarterback you can win with in this league. It's just hard to find a quarterback, it's the toughest position to pin down."

Sure, Williams took the field with Kirk Cousins during the three-year stretch when Cousins started every single game for the Redskins, but he also was around for the likes of Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Mark Sanchez, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy and the exhausting rise and fall of Robert Griffin III. 

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Therefore, you can forgive him for looking so favorably at Garoppolo, who's coming off a Super Bowl appearance. Or, if you're a Redskins fan — and if you're reading NBCSportsWashington.com, you probably are — maybe you'll instead just get angrier at Williams. 

Either way, it's clear that the 31-year-old is quite content with the unit he's now a part of, which features not only Garoppolo but also George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and multiple skilled running backs.

"I'm extremely happy to just be a part of an offense that really doesn't need me to win," Williams said. "I can add to it."

He's happy, and, OK, you're most likely not. That's understandable.

So, just keep circling that Dec. 13 trip, when the Redskins travel out west to take on the 49ers.

Keep. Circling. It.

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Trent Williams planned to play for Redskins in 2019 before being placed on Non-Football Injury list

Trent Williams planned to play for Redskins in 2019 before being placed on Non-Football Injury list

Former Redskins left tackle Trent Williams did not play a snap for the Burgundy and Gold in 2019, but that almost wasn't the case.

Williams held out for the first half of the 2019 season after Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his head for nearly six years. The 31-year-old reported just minutes before the trade deadline after the organization refused to trade him, but failed his physical due to helmet discomfort. Shortly after, he was placed on the Non-Football Injury list, which ended his season.

On the latest episode of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport's podcast, Williams explained that he actually planned to play for the Redskins in 2019 after he eventually reported to the team.

"The competitive juices started to flow, so I was really prepared to make my return last year," Williams said. "I know all of the things that had went on and just being in that facility, being around teammates, being around the guys you fought with and bled with for some many years. It was almost impossible for me to fight the urge not to just want to get back on the field."

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After the left tackle could not find a comfortable helmet, he had arranged for a new one to be shipped. Once the new helmet arrived, the left tackle planned on making his return. 

"I was literally waiting on my new helmet to come in," he said. "I was getting ready to kind of gear up and it was going to be somewhat of a surprise to some, but I think for the people who know me best they know how competitive I am. 

"I was put on NFI right before I could even get the helmet to get back out there," Williams continued. "It was a bummer but figured it was just how it was supposed to work out."

By placing Williams on the NFI list, the Redskins saved nearly $6 million in salary.

Washington traded the seven-time Pro Bowler to the San Francisco 49ers on April 25 in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick. Williams has one year remaining on his current deal.

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