David Njoku’s new deal could be Megabucks for Vikings TE

Cleveland Browns Tight Last David Njoku. Jeff Lange / USA Today Network.

Since the beginning of 2019, the Cleveland Browns have started 34.6% of all football games for the Tate and David Enjoku team, and now he has been compensated as the fourth-highest paid tight end in the world.

Njoku signed a four-year, $ 56.7 million deal last week, teaming up with 25-year-old new quarterback Desaun Watson for a new era in Cleveland. And his deal confirms that other uncertified TEs could have cracks in prosperity, including the Vikings version, Irv Smith Jr., who could earn megaboxes as a result of the deal.

A five-year veteran, Enjoku once, toured more than 500 receiving yards in the 2018 season. He was frequently hit in Cleveland’s TE and was sometimes overwhelmed by overcrowded houses. Fantasy football gurus can tell you all about it.

Now, though, the Browns front office has rewarded Enjoku on the contrary and based on the youth, Smith Jr. in Minnesota undoubtedly has two characteristics.

Compulsory and Annual IRV Smith Jr. Breakout Articles
September 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Irv Smith is the tight end of the Minnesota Vikings. Compulsory Credit: Jeffrey Baker – USA Today Sports

The Vikings have drafted Smith Jr. in Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft, virtually guaranteeing a prominent presence in the Minnesota offense – at some point. Yet, during Minnesota Smith Jr.’s first two campaigns, Kyle Rudolph was heavily employed, reducing the workload of Alabama alumni because Rudolph was an incredibly sure hand and a Redzone threat.

But in the final offseason, Rudolph trekked to the New York Giants for a one-year trial at The Big Apple. He did not receive much attention in the crime led by Daniel Jones and will not return in 2022. Rudolph is a free agent.

As Rudolf left the Vikings, Smith Jr. saw a bright green light to occupy the TE room. But he ripped off his meniscus in the pre-season last summer, scrapping all plans for Smith Jr.’s “breakout season”, a theory extending to every offseason since 2019.

Arv Smith Jr.
January 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Irv Smith is the tight end of the Minnesota Vikings. Compulsory Credit: Raj Mehta – USA Today Sports

Surprisingly, Smith Jr. again has a breakout-season forecast because the Vikings have nothing in TE2. If he is not injured again, Smith Jr. will handle a lot of targets in Kevin O’Connell’s new purple offense.

This is where the Njokus instance occurs.

The 2022 season is Smith Jr.’s last year under contract. All he needs to do is force General Manager QC Adopho-Mensah to join Free Agency next March. If he pops for 1,000 yards and 8+ touchdowns – boom – “Nazoku Money” is coming. If he is injured or simply does not perform well, Smith Jr. will hit the free agency for recovery with another NFL team.

Njoku, through five seasons, was not a dynamic weapon. Like Smith Jr., he has teased the flashes of brilliance. Njoku’s contract lowers the bar for athletic tight end with high ups.

The Vikings have one, and his contract will end in exactly nine months.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).

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