3 reasons trading for David Njoku makes more sense than ever

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The Carolina Panthers trading for tight end David Njoku has never made more sense.

It is clear for all to see that the Carolina Panthers need help at the tight end position. The Ian Thomas experiment simply isn’t working out and while Chris Manhertz performs well as a blocker, his limitations in the passing game are well known.

If the Carolina Panthers want to improve their chances of making a postseason push, then exploring a trade option before the deadline next month is something that warrants serious consideration. Judging by recent reports, there might just be an enticing player available providing the price isn’t too steep.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, David Njoku is still seeking a route out of the Cleveland Browns in time for the November 3 cut-off point. This was a rumor that circulated before the season that was refuted by the player. But given his relative lack of involvement through the first six weeks of the campaign, a fresh start might be best for all concerned.

Whether the Panthers want to give up some draft capital to improve their chances of winning now remains to be seen. They have a long-term plan in place to get themselves back to being a prominent player in the postseason and if a trade for Njoku doesn’t turn out as expected, it has the potential to hamper this somewhat.

Given what we have seen from Carolina’s current tight end options, Njoku does represent a significant upgrade providing he stays healthy. Here are three reasons why trading for the player makes more sense than ever for the Panthers at this juncture.