The rumors floating around on are that the Panthers have signed former San Diego Charger free agent receiver Legedu Naanee. Naanee was not resigned by the Chargers after his arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest last February in Indianapolis.
Naanee, who played college football at Boise State, was drafted 172nd overall in the 5th round of the 2007 draft by the Chargers. During his four seasons in the NFL he managed 746 yards on 63 receptions. Naanee is familiar with some aspects of the Panthers offense as he was in San Diego during Rob Chudzinski’s tenure there.
This is an interesting move for the Panthers and somewhat unexpected. The sense was that the Panthers biggest and most obvious need was cornerback. It’s not clear why the Panthers would need to bring another mid-level receiver at this point. The most obvious guess is that with a shortened offseason and little time to install a new offense, it’s become necessary to bring players in like Legedu Naanee and Derek Anderson whose learning curve is much less steep, while everyone else plays catch-up.