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January 11, 2015

Free agent Dickson: I'd love to remain a Panther

Panthers tight end Ed Dickson doesn’t know what the future holds in terms of his tenure with the Panthers, but he made it clear Saturday night he wants to stay in Charlotte.

The fifth-year tight end who just finished his one-year, $795,000 contract in Carolina told the Observer unequivocally he wants to stay with the Panthers.

“I’d love to be a Panther. I’m on the record to say that I’d love to be a Panther,” said Dickson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. “I love everything about the program—from the top to the bottom. The business part takes over right now, and hopefully I’m back playing with Cam.”

Those words come after Dickson’s least productive season in the NFL. Even in his rookie season, Dickson finished with more catches and yards than his 2014 season in Carolina that churned out 10 catches for 115 yards in the regular season.

Dickson came to Carolina as an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore. His signing promised the Panthers would do more two tight end sets like in 2011 when Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey teamed up to give Cam Newton multiple big, versatile targets.

But Dickson’s opportunities in the passing game were seldom at the start of the season, and when fullback Mike Tolbert went on the temporary injured reserve with a knee injury, the tight ends were asked to do a lot more blocking.

Dickson had just four catches for 36 yards through the first 10 games. But as Tolbert returned to health and Carolina was able to do more with their two tight ends, Newton started finding Dickson more. He closed the season with six catches for 79 yards in the final six games, and he added three grabs for 37 yards in the postseason.

“At the end of the season it started to look like what we wanted to,” Dickson said. “We don’t want to wait until next season to say turn it on at the end of the season.

“The sky’s the limit for this group. This tight end group is one of the best in the league.”

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 11, 2015 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

Comments

He always asked me to sprinkle extra crack on him.

Posted by: The Cracken | Jan 11, 2015 1:31:16 PM

The Panthers need a better #2 TE, but both the draft and FA class are very weak this year.

Posted by: R Lee | Jan 12, 2015 10:03:02 AM

they need to get this guy for CAM. DEVANTE PARKER
GREAT PLAYER AT (WR)

Posted by: james | Feb 6, 2015 1:22:50 AM

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