The Browns moved back up into the first round Thursday night to select Miami tight end David Njoku. Being a good teammate, incumbent tight end Gary Barnidge tweeted to Njoku, welcoming him to the team.
Welcome to the TE room @David_Njoku80 looking forward to getting started.— Gary Barnidge (@garybarnidge) April 28, 2017
Well, not even a full day later, and Barnidge was released by the Browns.
I want to thank the Cleveland Browns for giving me my opportunity and looking forward to seeing the change. Time for the next step.— Gary Barnidge (@garybarnidge) April 28, 2017
Barnidge's tweets seen back-to-back is a good example of how brutal the business side of the NFL can be. One minute, you're the starting player on a professional football team, and the next you are out of a job entirely.
While the Browns are done with Barnidge's services, another team might be willing to take a chance on him. The 31-year-old had a breakout Pro Bowl season in 2015, but didn't play as well in 2016 (to be fair, no one on the Browns played well).