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March 21, 2014

Cotchery signing gets Marty Hurney's seal of approval

Former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney knows how loud the cries for a wide receiver in Carolina have been, and Thursday he gave his seal of approval for the Jerricho Cotchery signing.

Speaking on ESPN’s NFL Insiders, Hurney praised the Panthers for inking Cotchery to a two-year, $5 million deal.

“I think for starters it probably calms the building down and people who are saying they don’t have a veteran receiver,” Hurney said. “I think it’s an excellent signing. He’s a big, smart slot receiver, basically, who has very good hands. I think he’ll be a weapon for Cam Newton. Now you have Greg Olsen at tight end, Cotchery at slot. Now they go out and draft some speedy receivers, and I think Dave Gettleman and the Panthers have a plan and that’s so important this time of year. This is a very good signing.”

A small sample size of my Twitter mentions would show Panthers fans would want other questions asked and answered, most notably answering for big running back contracts. While ESPN didn’t touch on that topic, Hurney was asked about drafting a quarterback at No. 1.

Hurney talked about the difficulty of predicting a quarterback’s success in the league and the process the Panthers went through to select Newton No. 1 overall in 2011.

“This is a quarterback league, and you do not win without a quarterback,” Hurney said. “You start at quarterback, we went through quarterbacks and said, ‘Is there anyone who has the potential to be a franchise quarterback?’ The more we got to know Cam the more we got investigate him, we felt very good that he could be our franchise quarterback.”

The Texans have the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft and may take a quarterback. It’s a similar decision Houston faced in 2002 when Hurney was with the Panthers, who had the No. 2 pick that year.

The then-expansion Texans made it clear early on they would take quarterback David Carr with the No. 1 overall pick, leaving the Panthers having to figure out if they wanted North Carolina’s Julius Peppers at No. 2.

The decision 12 years ago mirrors this year, where the Texans could go quarterback or take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

“What frustrates people sometimes (about Peppers) is you don’t necessarily see it play in and play out, but it’s very rare to find players of that ability that can make game-changing plays like he can,” Hurney said.

“What is being said about Clowney was being said exactly about Julius Peppers… We had two months knowing we were on the clock. The question was Julius Peppers play with the motor, does he have the energy? We had to bring in a tape of him playing basketball for North Carolina to show that he did have the intensity.”

Hurney will be back on NFL Insiders today at 3:30.

 --Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

Comments

Good to see Hurney secure enough to compliment Gettleman and vice versa. Strong organization.

Posted by: HoggMolly | Mar 21, 2014 12:03:14 PM

Ask about how NFL teams should write contracts to veterans...that should make for an awkward conversation! Or maybe how much you should invest in RBs...

Posted by: ZB | Mar 21, 2014 12:10:22 PM

still no update on the O-line? is anybody over there even asking questions?

how can we fill 3 spots on the line AND draft 2 starting caliber receivers in the same draft?

Byron Bell still unsigned.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 12:18:10 PM

HEY CHARLOTTEAN....YOU SURE YOOU ARE A PANTHERS FAN.... NO I DONT THINK SO. OTHERWISE YOU WOULDNT HAVE ASKED THAT QUESTION.. HERE. LET ME HELP YOU OUT.

HOW MANY STARTERS.....YES STARTERS FROM THE OLINE LEFT OR RETIRED THIS YEAR........ANSWER 1

I THINK YOU SEEN BYRON BELL. SCOTT CHANDLER AND COMPANY SO EARLY THAT YOU FORGOT THEY WERE ACTUALLY BACKUPS AND ONLY PUT IN THE STARTING ROLE BECAUSE THE STARTERS GOT HURT. WHO SHOULD BE READY TO GO BY TRAINING CAMP IF NOT OTAS. SO CALM DOWN. WE WILL DRAFT A O-LINEMEN FIRST ROUND MORE THEN LIKELY. AND THEN WORK ON BACKUPS. TO REPLACE CAMPBELL/HANGARTNER/WHARTON(WHO WAS ONLY SIGNED BECAUSE OF INJURY)

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Mar 21, 2014 12:39:36 PM

charloteen operates at a different level than the rest of us. take a pill.

Posted by: deepenwide | Mar 21, 2014 1:20:13 PM

Marty,
Where have you been? You don't work here anymore?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Mar 21, 2014 1:30:06 PM

Marty,
Where have you been? You don't work here anymore?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Mar 21, 2014 1:30:06 PM

Marty,
Where have you been? You don't work here anymore?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Mar 21, 2014 1:30:06 PM

Marty,
Where have you been? You don't work here anymore?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Mar 21, 2014 1:30:06 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 21, 2014 3:40:49 PM

panthersfan4life......

byron bell has 41 starts in 3 years. you sure yoooouuuu can read?

he's a restricted free agent. but still unsigned. gross retired. left guard was patchwork last year because of silatolu's injury. he'll be back so no worries there. but right guard was patchwork, too. chris scott started 8 games between the 2, so i guess he's the guy we're banking on there?

we going to pay godfrey 7 million, too?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 4:24:45 PM


We cut Steve Smith and need to pay him $5M instead of $7M thus saving $2M.

We pick up Cotchery for 2.5M per year.

So it is like we traded Steve Smith for Cotchery, plus $500K more.

Is this a good deal? I don't think so.

I know Steve wore out his welcome and is a real Diva but Steve Smith a better weapon (albeit three years older) than Cotchery. If Cotchery was better he would be a Raven....not a Panther.

Oh well, what ever. I am Panther fan. I look forward to our 6th winning season in franchise history...when ever that may be.

Posted by: OMG | Mar 21, 2014 5:52:47 PM

HEY PANTHERLIFE!!!!

QUIT SCREAMING WHEN YOU POST!! YOU DON'T NEED ALL CAPS TO SHOW YOU"RE IGNORANCE!!!

Posted by: dbigcat | Mar 21, 2014 8:22:58 PM

I'm tired of everyone thinking Steve Smith is all it since obviously the management felt he could not take a secondary role in Panther uniform because of his personality. He is 35 years old, starting to show signs of injuries, a few years ago he was asking for a trade. Gettleman said it was time to give keys to Cam and Luke. I wish Steve Smith good luck but it is time to bring in new WRs. Build through the draft.

Posted by: Kelso | Mar 22, 2014 4:56:18 AM

CRotchery had half the production as sMith last year and is Only 3 years younger. What a great catch. Not!

Posted by: Zippy DeDooDa | Mar 22, 2014 9:39:48 AM

Zippy is posting from La-La land, again.

JC had 10 TDs and twice the YAC. What has most impressed folks about him over the years is his high target success rate.

That, too, higher than #89s last year.


Posted by: Reality Bites | Mar 22, 2014 3:54:16 PM

Hurney would have paid him 8 million

Posted by: jeff | Mar 22, 2014 5:50:29 PM

DON'T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE POST WITH THEIR CAP LOCKS ON? I KNOW I DO. :)

Posted by: BlackPanther | Mar 22, 2014 9:17:13 PM

Kenny Britt

Posted by: jimcat | Mar 23, 2014 9:49:51 AM

Wait a minute steve asked for a trade a few year year ago because he wanted to have help at wrs, he to a pay cut so the team would give him help. He requested many time in the past 5 years to be moved to the shot and to became a number 2 wrs. He even came out and said he would have took a pay cut to stay in carolina this year. So I don't understand how he would have been a distraction This year. Steve has always been a team player. In 3 years he has been the only wrs on the panthers that didn't drop a good ball from cam. If he didn't take a pay cut he is still worth the 2 million we owed him. We just paid 5 million to get half a player. So again why was he cut? I say he said something to someone on the team for not doing there job. That person had more pull I guest so it had to be cam or dave. And the stuff about wanting to give cam a captain lol is a joke. Just just stopped crying with his head under a towel went he made a mistake what will he do when someone else make one. Leader or born not make. Cam is a qd if he was a leader the team would follow him over steve.

Posted by: jody pritt | Mar 24, 2014 12:25:00 AM

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