In today’s fast-paced world, even NFL insiders put a premium on being first.
They compete to reveal important updates before everyone else because they get the most retweets or online traffic.
But while there’s nothing wrong with sharing real-time information, it’s more important to get things right.
Otherwise, the misinformation spreads quickly, leaving the reporter at fault.
That said, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Rosvoglou shared an essential reminder to his fellow NFL writers.
Remember it's April Fools' Day, so make sure fake NFL news doesn't get you.
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) April 1, 2022
He tweeted, “Remember it’s April Fools’ Day, so make sure fake NFL news doesn’t get you.”
Unfortunately, Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku already got the best of some NFL insiders.
The former University of Miami standout will play the 2022 season under the franchise tag, giving him a one-year deal worth $11 million.
Yet despite that development, he decided to play with the NFL media by tweeting, “Good Morning all. I have instructed my agent @malkikawa to seek a trade. I want my fans to know first.”
His post got the likes of NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Pro Football Focus’ Ari Meirov in sharing his tweet.
But a few minutes later, Njoku revealed the prank by saying, “April Fools baby.”
NFL insiders should have known better because he is in a good position in Cleveland.
Austin Hooper signed with the Tennessee Titans, making him the Browns’ primary tight end.
He will also play with Deshaun Watson, leading to a possible increase in his production.
Amari Cooper can also take some of the defense’s attention away from him.
To atone for his earlier blunder, Rapoport shared that the Browns and Njoku have commenced contract extension talks which will be done before the July 15 deadline.
Even with that update, the joke was on him.