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March 21, 2014

Panthers add another WR with Tiquan Underwood

The Panthers have agreed to a two-year deal with wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, according to a league source.

Underwood, who is entering his sixth year in the league, visited the Panthers on Thursday. He caught 24 passes for a career-high 440 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Bucs.

He’s the latest addition to the Panthers’ receiving corps, which lost its top four receivers to release or free agency last week. Underwood, 27, joins Jerricho Cotchery, who signed a two-year deal with the team Thursday, as the newest Panthers receiver.

A seventh-round pick by Jacksonville in 2009, Underwood was with the Jaguars, Patriots and Bucs before Carolina. He averaged 18.3 yards per reception in 2013, and he will likely compete for the No. 3 receiver position in Carolina.

Underwood also has experience as a kick returner. In 2010 he returned 24 kicks for 561 yards for Jacksonville. Underwood could compete with Kenjon Barner and Kealoha Pilares at training camp for starting kick return duties. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM | Permalink


interesting signing glad we have some decent receivers, no doubt, much to my dislike we are going to pick an o-linmen in the 1st even though in my opinion there are star receivers at the bottom 0f the 1st.

Posted by: Joshua | Mar 21, 2014 12:54:57 PM

Compete for the 3rd spot? With mcnutt?

Posted by: Josh Doyle | Mar 21, 2014 12:55:27 PM

WR depth chart looks like a joke besides Cotchery

Posted by: Big Rob | Mar 21, 2014 12:59:47 PM

we spent the steve smith savings on cotchery and a minimum deal (no real cap cost) on underwood who may or may not make the final roster.

this guy keeps playing the cap card on all these cheap moves when he knows completely that he was a godfrey restructure, an olsen restructure, and a hardy extension away from being able to keep the group together. he did this ish cause he wanted to. didn't have to. he's completely refusing to mortgage future years (with a higher cap) in order to contend now when we can and should.

i hope i'm wrong and i'm just being impatient. i just don't see how you can go into the draft with this many holes and ? marks. we are insanely dependent on the right guys falling to us again this year, like they did last year. and even then we can't fill this many holes in one draft.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 1:10:34 PM

Who cares about kickoff returns, can he return punts? That's where the gaping and more important hole is.

Posted by: Steve Mc | Mar 21, 2014 1:12:47 PM

And for what it's worth I'd take Cotchery & Underwood over LaFell/Hixon all day. The WR situation, while still not ideal, now isn't the disaster it was two days ago

Posted by: Steve Mc | Mar 21, 2014 1:14:31 PM

And for what it's worth I'd take Cotchery & Underwood over LaFell/Hixon all day. The WR situation, while still not ideal, now isn't the disaster it was two days ago

Posted by: Steve Mc | Mar 21, 2014 1:14:33 PM

I am not surprised that they picked him up. Great pick up and he will provide good numbers on the field. Just like Jerricho Cothcery, to me neither of them are a go to receiver but he does provide a good target for Cam Newton and (co.).

As for the draft, I feel that the Panthers will be drafting a offensive linemen in the first round and they will probably end up getting a receiver that is 2nd round material later on in the draft. Probably someone like Brandon Cook or Kelvin Benjamin.

Posted by: Marcus | Mar 21, 2014 1:17:32 PM

or...or...or...theyll draft an OL first round, trade the second for Djax, draft a corner 3rd.

Ill put $100 thatll happen.

Posted by: yo | Mar 21, 2014 1:22:41 PM

If we land D Jax all is forgiven!

Posted by: Michael | Mar 21, 2014 1:22:44 PM

I would like Jackson as much as the next guy, but there are two reasons why it DEFINITELY will not happen:

a. We simply cannot afford him. He has a $10.5 million cap hit next season, which would put us WAY WAY WAY over.
b. Part of the reason they released Smith was due to his perceivable "in-your-face" attitude. You do not get much more malcontent than this guy can be. Doubt they would hoe that road.

I would love to have the guy, but he is much less of a fit that Kenny Britt, given the price and headache.

Posted by: Ryan | Mar 21, 2014 1:30:53 PM

I think the Panthers coaching staff deserve the credit from last year, in saying that I believe that Gettleman has confidence in the coaching staff regardless to who they get. As a fan we must be patient.

Posted by: Coleman Crowder | Mar 21, 2014 1:32:24 PM

The final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place now!!!!

Posted by: Wes | Mar 21, 2014 1:49:09 PM

Tavarres King is a gem in the rough. McNutt is too somewhat. With polishing, King will make it. He has "burner" speed.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Mar 21, 2014 2:00:48 PM

we probably could have managed a steve smith for desean jackson trade (including the requested pick) and philly been satisfied and it worked within the cap structure.

instead we're paying smith and cotchery to only have cotchery.

you guys severely undervalue lafell's blocking in addition to his receiving. cotchery in his prime is NO DOUBT the better receiver. but right now? maybe, but he has never been the kind of physical hitter that lafell is.

i'll take cotchery/underwood over ginn/hixon as the 3/4.

cason is probably only a slight downgrade from munnerlyn.

still need to resolve godfrey, bell situations, plus replace gross and a right guard, and 2 WRs

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 3:05:26 PM

With all these cheap signings we need to change the name of the stadium to....

Family Dollar Stadium

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 21, 2014 3:12:44 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 21, 2014 3:40:15 PM

I do agree. We need to restructure that back field, how much does Stewart have left? Hes great when healthy. Please find a punt returner we need someone who can change field position.

Posted by: Kenny Jones | Mar 21, 2014 4:07:41 PM

while jackson won't take a pay cut, eagles could possibly take another salary off our hands in exchange....i would give up charles johnson if you could sign jared allen to replace him.

there are so many ways to make it work but desean jackson is a younger steve smith with a worse attitude. at 27.....he would be worth going all-in on and using the picks on O-line.

If we somehow swung jackson to replace smith, along with the cotchery signing.....I would be changing tune real fast.

that said, I don't see it happening at all. not to mention it would have made more sense to trade smith and a pick for jackson.

there's nobody available at 28 that is DEFINITELY as good as jackson. (or smith for that matter)

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 4:28:55 PM

Amazing how just 2 days ago, every1 was bashng Gett & now it's all better. Championships are NOT won in FA, they're won thru the Draft. FA's only complement wht you already have, the CORE's built thru the Draft& that's what being done. I, just like you have my own Draft board, bt it's probably slightly different. There's alot of talent from the Carolinas, Florida, & Virginia in this draft. If they Make the most of the local talent, they could go far

Posted by: David | Mar 21, 2014 5:25:40 PM


Posted by: BOBBY | Mar 21, 2014 6:24:18 PM

Before the offseason we needed a #1 wide receiver and cornerback and a better QB, now we need a whole team...

Posted by: david | Mar 21, 2014 8:35:01 PM

Better QB? You're on crack if you think Newton is not good. He will continue to get better when he has the targets.

Posted by: Rob | Mar 21, 2014 9:12:02 PM

We need to package up Kukely and someone else (Kalil?) and send them to Dallas for Des Bryant.

Kukely and Kalil for Des would be a steal and would solve all are WR problems and probably fix some locker room issues withat Kalil is the root of with all his dirty talking and questioning of all the moves.

Posted by: Lenny | Mar 22, 2014 8:46:22 AM

Glad to see him gone. He is awful. Good luck in Carolina.

Posted by: TampaJim | Mar 22, 2014 8:49:54 AM

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