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February 23, 2012

Rivera: Shockey might retire


Panthers coach Ron Rivera said veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey is considering retirement after 10 NFL seasons.

In a discussion with Shockey in January following his first year in Carolina, Rivera said Shockey mentioned the possibility of calling it quits.

“It was a great conversation and he just said, 'Well, we'll see,'” Rivera said today at the scouting combine. “With him, who knows?”

Shockey, who will turn 32 in August, signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with Carolina last year after New Orleans cut him. He said during the season he enjoyed playing for the Panthers and was interested in returning to Charlotte.

Attempts to reach Shockey today have been unsuccessful.

Shockey, who is an unrestricted free agent, caught 37 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games last season. Shockey has never played a full, 16-game season since entering the league with the Giants in 2002.

Rivera said he has not talked to Shockey since the end of the season, and made a reference to Shockey's travel schedule.

“He had talked about (retiring) prior, but we don't know because he's either in Costa Rica or Panama,” Rivera said, smiling. “Last year he went to Scotland, so he could be in Ireland now.”

The Panthers have three tight ends under contract – Greg Olsen, Ben Hartsock and Gary Barnidge, who was having a good training camp last year when he broke his ankle. Olsen was the Panthers' third-leading receiver in 2011 with 45 catches for 540 yards and five touchdowns.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM | Permalink


Well I don't trust Gary "Bird" Barnidge. Hope we sign a quality backup for Greg olsen. Since we run so much two TE sets.

Posted by: jiyugh | Feb 23, 2012 4:03:47 PM

Come back, Shockey!

Really, I'm more concerned about what damage his departure may do to the lockeroom than what it might do to our production on the field. He gave the lockeroom an attitude last season that we've never really seen in Carolina. That kind of attitude can help take us to the top of the NFC South this year!

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Feb 23, 2012 5:03:43 PM

If he retires.... Coach Shockey maybe?

Posted by: GS | Feb 23, 2012 5:16:24 PM

AW colorful players are more fun!

Posted by: Elizabeth | Feb 23, 2012 6:09:53 PM

Dear Jeremy,

Don't. We need you.

Posted by: ycrucifyhim | Feb 23, 2012 7:33:26 PM

Dude...please, one more year. It could be OUR year, next year..

Posted by: Bob Smith | Feb 23, 2012 7:42:34 PM

Don't we need you Shockey!!!! One more year, One more year

Posted by: Matt | Feb 23, 2012 8:33:09 PM

I have always loved watching Shockey, great attitude, great player. I couldnt believe he was on the Panthers. I believe he should come back, help us keep our swagger.

Posted by: Mark Francis | Feb 23, 2012 9:06:45 PM

Shockey. Give us one more year.

Posted by: par404 | Feb 23, 2012 9:41:41 PM

One more your Shockey. Every team you have gone to the second year being on the team they won the Super Bowl. Ala Giants in 07' and Saints in 10'. Help us bring it home and then retire in 13'. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: PanthersFanD | Feb 23, 2012 9:54:54 PM


Posted by: PanthersFanD | Feb 23, 2012 9:55:24 PM

Jeremy: One more year, please.

Posted by: AJ | Feb 23, 2012 10:49:03 PM

just be dramatic, he wants to play, don't fret

Posted by: Tim Tebow | Feb 23, 2012 11:53:05 PM

One more year, J-Shock! You're still young!

Posted by: DieHardCat | Feb 24, 2012 5:16:02 AM

We're 9.6 mil over the cap. Shockey would command 5 mil if he came back. I don't see it happening.

Posted by: deepenwide | Feb 24, 2012 5:22:41 AM

Why would he command $5 million this year when he is presumably older and slower? I would expect less than the $4million he got last year. Three years at $2 million per year with a signing bonus of $1 million to lower the cap hit.

Posted by: Jimcat | Feb 24, 2012 6:30:45 AM

Why would he command $5 million this year when he is presumably older and slower? I would expect less than the $4million he got last year. Three years at $2 million per year with a signing bonus of $1 million to lower the cap hit.

Posted by: Jimcat | Feb 24, 2012 6:30:45 AM

i very much doubt he will call it quites, on that salary ! itss all just for press

Posted by: wall ties | Feb 24, 2012 6:45:49 AM

If he still feels like he can play he will, most players don't quit until they are injured or come off a season were they fell way below expectations.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 24, 2012 8:06:56 AM

Shock and awe! One more year, Tattoo boy!

Posted by: I. Rate | Feb 24, 2012 8:45:33 AM

that 9.6 over the cap assumes we keep a lot of people we won't and that we don't restructure thomas davis' contract which we will. He's due like 8 million alone and he's not going to get that after getting 8 million last year to not play. he might get 3. might. then you got all the other un guaranteed contacts for guys that won't make the team. we're not in a position to make big moves but we can definitely retain guys and sign our draft picks.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 24, 2012 1:18:31 PM

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