By Reid McEvoy
Tight end Gary Barnidge has been released by the Cleveland Browns, a move made following the team’s selection of Miami tight end David Njoku in the first round of the NFL Draft. It is a very odd decision for the organization, as they aren't in a great situation as a team, and one of their shining stars has been Barnidge.
He came out of nowhere in 2015, making the Pro Bowl and earning himself a three-year extension with the team, becoming one of their few star players. Though he did have a down ninth season, dropping from 1,043 yards to 612 and declining in touchdowns from nine to two, he didn't appear to show signs of his star being out. Clearly, the Browns thought otherwise.
After drafting Njoku, a tight end out of Miami, with the 29th overall pick of the draft, the Browns decided to move on from a man they're going to file under “one-hit wonder,” but Barnidge will no doubt hope to prove them wrong.
On Twitter, Barnidge immediately congratulated Njoku on being drafted, and hours later, announced his release from the team:
Another reason it seems to be an odd decision for the Browns to move on is that Barnidge would have been a great person to develop Njoku, but now the Browns will put their trust in Seth DeValve and Randall Telfer to take on that role.
Yet another mind boggling roster move made by the Browns, who seem to be eternally stuck in the rebuilding phase at the hands of none other than themselves.