The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with another former player who played under Rob Chudzinski today when the Panthers bolstered their extremely young wide receiver core by adding Legedu Naanee.
Naanee, who is just 27 years old, played his first four seasons with the San Diego Chargers catching a combined 63 balls, good for 746 yards and three touchdowns.
The former Boise State wide receiver had his best season of his career last year, starting nine games for the Chargers, en route to catching 23 balls and one touchdown.
I would expect Naanee to immediately jump into the second string rotation, while ending up as a starter by the beginning of the season.
Don’t get me wrong the Panthers love all three of its young receivers in David Gettis, Brandon Lafell and Armanti Edwards, but Naanee provides some much needed experience to extremely young group. He has shown some flashes of ability that could make him a valuable asset to the Panthers, especially when you line him up opposite of Steve Smith.
The Panther have been trying to bolster their wide receiver corps since free agency started but lost out on Santana Moss, who decided to stay with the Washington Redskins, and it seems that they found their man. Naanee was a break out candidate heading into the beginning of last season but injuries hampered him throughout the season.
Before this move took place the Panthers had just a little over a million dollars to spend, so I would expect them to not make any more big moves until the preseason ends.
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