CLEVELAND, Ohio – Browser, Austin Hooper wants to shatter the idea that David Newku wanted Cleveland for Hooper, whom Browns made the highest-paid narrow end in the NFL when he was signed as a free agent in March.
“David and I have always been cool,” Hooper told Zoom on Wednesday. “David and I have always been on good terms. Super nice, super cute dude. A truly good human being. ”
Njoku has not yet approached the media, as he asked to be traded on July 1
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But when Njoku reported for training camp, he had a good dialogue with Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry and once again felt like a valuable member of the organization.
“He changed agents and the agent wanted him to go somewhere else,” Hooper said. “I understand. This is a business at the end of the day. You have to do the right thing with your family. He switched agents to an agent who, if you look at someone’s record, it’s something he’s always done. Including in the year of his contract, he changed agents and, of course, this will happen. “
Hooper emphasized that he and Njoku, who worked together in Baker Mayfield’s hometown of Austin, Texas, had a good relationship in May.
“At the end of the day, it’s not an accusation about him and his character or that he and I aren’t cool,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s a business. I understand. David and my relationship are still good – still a good dude and I’m really looking forward to working with him. I wouldn’t say, “Oh, David didn’t want to be here, and then he does.” In the end, there’s no bad will, I understand. I look forward to working with him. “
Hooper also vowed to mentor other narrow ends of the room, as opposed to how some perceived former cowboys and current Raiders narrow end Jason Wheaton. In 2016, Cowboys in the Back, Martellus Bennett told ESPN: “I hated Jason Wheaton. I appreciated his game, but I always hated him. ”
Hooper indicated that he would be a team player and share his knowledge with other narrow goals.
“My style, I’ve never been a real rah-rah man,” he said. “I just like to lead by example and if people have questions, I will answer them. I am an open book. I’m not trying to store information. I don’t like doing the whole deal (Raiders TE) Jason Wheaton, where I’m against everyone else at the close end. David, Harrison (Bryant), Stephen (Carlson), Pharaoh (Brown), Nate (Whiting), we’re all in this together. ”
Hooper later tweeted that he was obviously sarcastic about Wheaton and that this should be clear from the interview, in which he stressed the importance of a strong room for narrow limbs.
“I look at it as a big family in our room. We all have one common goal, and that is to win our representatives. However, someone does it in a certain way, which suits someone else’s learning process better. I think, like any other job, it’s better when it’s joint than militant. I’m trying to bring this to the room and let everyone know that yes, I’m one of the older guys in this room, but don’t feel like I’m not available. I am also an open book. I want to see how people are doing well. “
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