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March 17, 2014

Cotchery likely holds negotiating cards with Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers free agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery is expected to arrive in Charlotte on Monday evening and begin meeting with the Panthers.

Cotchery will have a lot more leverage than he did when he set up the visit.

Former Green Bay Packers wideout James Jones -- who had talked to the Panthers -- agreed to a three-year deal with Oakland on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Jones made a public pitch for Carolina on Sunday, telling ESPN's Josina Anderson he wanted to come to Charlotte and play with Cam Newton. It looks now like it might have been a negotiating ploy.

Meanwhile, the free agent receiving market is dwindling.

Besides Cotchery, who caught a career-high 10 touchdowns last season, the list of available wideouts includes Sidney Rice, Santonio Holmes, Miles Austin, Kenny Britt and Jacoby Ford. The Panthers have yet to show interest in Rice, according to a league source.

One guy to keep an eye on is San Francisco free agent Mario Manningham, who is familiar with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman from their time together with the Giants.

Despite coming off two disappointing seasons with the 49ers, there is still a market for Manningham. The 27-year-old was scheduled to visit with the Giants on Monday, according to Schefter.

The Panthers have lost their top four receivers from last season. They cut franchise receiving leader Steve Smith, and saw Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon bolt in free agency.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 17, 2014 at 06:13 PM | Permalink


Hey Gettleman....Do you know what you are doing? Our top 4 receivers...gone...Telling Nicks to go to the colts...Can't get Jones, who wanted to come here...to come here...Please Gettleman.....go away!!!!

Posted by: Chuck | Mar 17, 2014 6:24:13 PM

Gettleman is an idiot.

Posted by: PantherJohn | Mar 17, 2014 6:25:16 PM

Cam, leave next year and go with a GM and team who will help you win that coveted Super Bowl. No one will blame you if you leave.

Posted by: Panthers | Mar 17, 2014 6:31:45 PM

i trust Dave Gettleman it just going to take sometime. Gettleman ask the high price player to take a pay cuts that way we have money to spend on good players and draft really well.
im a huge panther fan and Bobcat fan.I live in Loves park IL.IF we spend money on good player and draft well.the Panthers might win the super bowl.

Posted by: tommy holbert | Mar 17, 2014 6:42:36 PM

I don't know what to say this is not working

Posted by: malcolm felix | Mar 17, 2014 6:45:19 PM

Cam may have no weapons and have a bad year and Gettleman can give another 7 second delay giving Cam enough time to get a ticket out of town and Luke want be far behind

Posted by: jason | Mar 17, 2014 6:45:51 PM

It's fine to go bargain shopping after you go 7-9. It is not ok to let your team walk out the door and go bargain shopping when your one game away from the NFC Championship. Why are we rebuilding after the year we just had? This is so ridiculous. All those years of bad football and we are going to fall right back into it!

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 17, 2014 6:54:09 PM

He's taking a huge gamble thinking he's going to do what Seattle did and draft his way into success. If we are anything short of 10-6, then he needs to go. I feel sorry for Ron Rivera who will be forced to coach this offense of nobodies.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 17, 2014 6:56:29 PM

Only possible scenario to all of this is that Gettleman is actually still on the Giants payroll and is purposely tanking the Panthers, so the Giants can sign Cam & Keuchly when they want to leave the team in a few years. No other logical explanation. Right?

Posted by: Vince | Mar 17, 2014 6:57:40 PM

Ya'll act like he is replacing all pro receivers. The only one that will be missed in Ginn for the returns. The list above is better than the 4 that they did not resign. With a good draft the panthers will be better than last year on offensive.

Posted by: Parker | Mar 17, 2014 6:59:40 PM

I can't believe no one has figured out the master plan of DG yet,,,,,, it's Armanti Edwards.. we will trade another pick to Cle for him so now we will have wasted a 2nd round on him and a 3rd round to get him back

it's genius

Posted by: Armanti's Mom | Mar 17, 2014 7:06:24 PM

Oakland is going to pay Jones more than 5 million a year. That is more than half of our cap space. Anyone that is upset about that knows nothing about free agency. Jones may have been interested, but he wasn't going to get more than 2 mil here.

Posted by: PantherFan89 | Mar 17, 2014 7:11:28 PM

It's not working.....you can't win in the NFL with just decent WR. However, I think a duo of Holmes, Britt and a 1st rd rookie WR could be ok. Got to get moving! Any chance a trade is in the works?!?!

Posted by: Josh | Mar 17, 2014 7:11:47 PM

smith = hall of fame caliber. you don't replace his caliber of receiver easily with 28th picks. to be clear, it's not a guarantee that whoever we draft at 28 is him. or close. known commodities outweigh unknown commodities.

what happens to the whole theory if he drafts a bust of a draft class???

if he had retained some guys, we could have survived it and gone from there. now? we are 100% dependent on nailing this draft. we've put all of our marbles on a 28th and 50th pick being studs, and at least 2 of the remaining picks being starting caliber........AS ROOKIES. how you guys don't see this as problematic is just baffling. how many starters did he get last year? 1. 1.5 if you want to count short and klein's contributions more than just zero.

and we're also operating under the assumption that godfrey and bell are retained.

no matter how you cut it, we do not get better than last year. we could land a receiver, we could land a tackle, we could land a defensive back........

there's no way we land 4 receivers as good as the four we had, plus a guard and 2 tackles as good as the ones we had, plus a KR/PR as good as we had, plus upgrade the defensive backfield from where it has been downgraded.

you're banking all of that on 1 draft class where we're picking at the bottom, and among the scraps of other teams in free agency.

if the players we had were so bad.......why did teams like the steelers, giants, ravens, and patriots throw money at them? who is more credible?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 17, 2014 7:15:14 PM

is this really who we want? pathetic.

Posted by: kyle | Mar 17, 2014 7:23:33 PM

At the rate the Panthers GM is going the offense will have no WR's and will end up playing the Wing-T offense.

Posted by: Scott | Mar 17, 2014 7:26:44 PM

PEOPLE, If you are unable to think clearly, please quit posting. Irrational thoughts make you look stupid

Posted by: Scoot1 | Mar 17, 2014 7:29:00 PM

Gettlemen is a failure at GM let get a new one.

Posted by: Tim | Mar 17, 2014 7:34:16 PM

I like what Panthers are doing. We have a great TE, strong running game and strong front 7 on defense. There are plenty of WRs in free agency.
Have solid draft and we have another good year. Just need to get Cam signed long term.

Posted by: Kelso | Mar 17, 2014 7:37:31 PM

If we could get Rice and any one of the other WR on that list and hit a HR in the draft at WR we'll be better at WR than last season. Smith is a HOF player but those days are long over. Maybe we are going to go back to using 2 TE like we did a couple years ago with JS and Olsen. Remember we scored a lot of points that season but had no D. We put up 30 plus up at least 4 times that year and lost but we got a D now.

Posted by: jason | Mar 17, 2014 7:52:29 PM

Charlotten wasting your time, even Person's article is out there. smh
Theres chemistry and familiarity that went along with all those guys, the depth that we had that also had chemistry and familiarity.
If you guys are ok with losing record after 12-4! You got it.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Mar 17, 2014 7:54:12 PM

Only thing you can do is wait it out. The season haven't even started yet. Everyone panicking for what. At the end of the day you have to trim your roster down to 53 players. So that leave free agents back on the market. Gettleman knows what he's doing. Last minute shopping players will get signed for cheap or be without a check be patient #KeepPounding

Posted by: Robert | Mar 17, 2014 8:01:53 PM

I continue to be amazed by the stupid comments on these articles. Can't replace Smitty with the 28th pick? Smith was drafted......uh...... with the 74th pick. No one. NO ONE knew Steve Smith would be that good. Otherwise he wouldn't have lasted to 74. Calm down. Take a breather. Let's at least wait until training camp to panic. Ginn is the only loss that concerns me but we can replace him with Jacoby Jones.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 17, 2014 8:22:06 PM

Last year everyone thought Gettleman was awesome, now everyone wants to run him out of town because he has not signed any of the 2nd rate WRs the first week of free agency. The first week of FA is for suckers. 5 million for Jones!? Way too much. There's a reason the Packers weren't pushing too hard to pay him. The reality is Gettleman is hamstrung by awful Hurney contracts of Stewart and Williams. It's important not to overpay WRs which has been happening all over the NFL the past week. I don't agree with letting Smitty go, especially with no other WR on the roster. It is frustrating that the Panthers have made few moves, but there will be plenty of opportunities for FA bargain shopping after the draft and June 1. If McNutt is the opening day #1, then I would begin to panic!

Posted by: djfoams | Mar 17, 2014 8:25:03 PM

I appreciate trying to work cap space but this has gotten out of hand fast. We don't pay market salaries for talent and we now unceremoniously dump the closest thing to a hall of famer we ever had. Players and agents have figure DG out pretty quickly it seems. Whatever plan we had back-fired, if anyone says different then they haven't been paying attention.

Posted by: George D | Mar 17, 2014 8:26:10 PM

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