3 ways the Carolina Panthers can land TE David Njoku

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Here are three ways that the Carolina Panthers could acquire tight end David Njoku after the player demanded a trade from the Cleveland Browns.

Things look especially thin at the tight end position for the Carolina Panthers heading into 2020. The team lost prolific veteran Greg Olsen to the Seattle Seahawks. And the decision-makers opted not to find a replacement during the NFL Draft or free agency.

This has put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Ian Thomas to step in and fill the void. The former Indiana standout has waited for an opportunity like this for two years. And there is plenty of confidence he can make things happen with more time on the field.

New head coach Matt Rhule might look for another weapon at the position before the season gets underway. This becomes even more realistic when one considers how well offensive coordinator Joe Brady utilized tight ends during his historic campaign leading LSU’s passing attack in 2019.

One option that is looking for a move away from his current home is David Njoku. The former first-round pick is reportedly demanding a trade from the Cleveland Brown. And his agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that is “best he finds a new team”.

There would be no shortage of suitors for someone that possesses the athletic skills Njoku has. He might have had some trouble staying on the field in 2019. But the player is a devastating presence in the passing game when firing on all cylinders.

If Thomas fails to live up to expectations, then the Panthers will need another prolific weapon to call upon. Njoku fits that bill. And here are three ways that Carolina can land the player.