2021 fifth-round pick
Similar to the first option but a bit more realistic is a fifth-round pick for Njoku. The only problem here is that the Saints do have a loaded tight end room, but if they want to keep four tight ends or do their best to keep one on the practice squad, it could be worthwhile.
Last season, Njoku played in 16 games, starting 14 of them.
Njoku notched over 600 yards and over 50 receptions in 2018. On top of that, he was able to notch a career-high 27 first downs and four touchdowns. Njoku was a key part of the Browns’ success, and his absence in 2019 could have been a key part of their demise.
If the Saints expect Trautman to actually play big-time snaps in two-tight end sets, then they likely have to reason to trade for Njoku or even consider it.
But, if they view him as more a draft and stash till he proves himself, then a fifth-round pick isn’t too much to give up for a solid endzone presence.
That said, at the end of the day, it’s unlikely the team has any interest in the unhappy Browns’ star who seemingly will want to enter a situation in which he’ll be the team’s starting tight end and a top receiving option.