Panthers Beat Writer Thinks Teams’ Interest In Steelers Free Agent WR Jerricho Cotchery Is Legit

Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is expected to meet with the Carolina Panthers either Monday night or Tuesday and Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer said Monday in an interview on Trib Live Radio that the team’s interest in the 31-year-old receiver is legit.

This news is not overly surprising being as the Panthers have a depleted wide receiver unit right now thanks to them releasing veteran Steve Smith and losing Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon during the first week of free agency. They need some experience and Cotchery certainly has it.

The Steelers aren’t waiting around waiting for Cotchery sign with the Panthers, however, as former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore is expected to visit with the team this week. While Moore is roughly a year younger than Cotchery, he’s also roughly four inches shorter.

Cotchery’s team-leading ten touchdowns last season will certainly be tough to replace and so will his ability to move the chains on third down, which has been a specialty of his since coming into the league. Not only that, it’s tough to put a price on what Cotchery’s value to the Steelers locker room is.

We will continue to monitor Cotchery’s situation closely, but as of right now, it’s hard to be optimistic about his chances of returning to the Steelers in 2014.

  • steeltown

    Joe thinks their interest is “legit”.. ha well I should think so, they are meeting with him arent they.. and as Bryan mentioned they have zero depth at WR

    This sucks

  • dkoy85

    Kinda the perfect storm. I was hoping Cotchery would be a player we pickup through FA and retires a Steeler.

  • Jollyrob68

    What are your thoughts on bringing in Miles Austin?

  • SteelersDepot

    you donating your hamstrings to him?

  • mlc43

    Hahahaha..i have to give you props for this response!

  • PA2AK

    Anyone think Cotch hauls in 5+ TDs in 2014? I know he’s been with the circus for most of his career, but I’m having a hard time seeing him repeat 10 TD’s in 46 receptions. His career numbers probably don’t do him justice, but I can’t imagine his 2013 production as being the new normal, regardless of where he plays. I wouldn’t pay more than his previous contract.

  • Matt Manzo

    Would be weird to lose him, but I think he’s just testing the waters, unless Car offers him too much I think he wants to play for us.

  • T R

    man Cotchery is gone.. Caroline can offer him 3mil a year and that would be well more then the #steelers could afford or want to give..

    Thanks for your few years of services.. moving on.. guess we will get Lance Moore to replace his vet. stats. or hell Sydney Rice for a few games

  • Jay Jaber

    Why don’t they call Jason avant. He’s the exact same player as cotch. Avant is one of the most reliable receivers in the game just like cotch

  • steeler4life

    how bout a good young receiver–Miles Austin anyone–He’s young 28yrs old, He’s big- 6’3″-and He’s got great hands and toughness, but Most of all we could get him for little of nothing. Lets get Ben some real decent targets.

  • John Hinton

    He stays hurt.

  • steelster

    nice post

  • steelster

    Why not just go younger after we have had two 8-8 seasons?

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  • Steve

    Report just came in that jjco will sign with carolina

  • Matthew Marczi

    Source? Haven’t seen this yet.

  • Steve

    Espn reporter David Newton. But I’ve seen others now that suggest he’s leaving without signing. And then there’s some that say he’s staying the night. Who knows. Guess I shouldn’t have acted as quickly as the media. Just would like to see Pitt make an attempt at him

  • Matthew Marczi

    I see, now worries. Last I heard he was planning on spending tonight and tomorrow in Charlotte, so it may still be a while until we hear anything.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Whats the big deal with loosing Cotchery? Its not like they are loosing Lynn Swann. This may be a good opportunity to develop some young talent. Let’s face it, our season is not hinging on the guy.

  • kamil

    Ive heard rumors of lance moore, that would be nice but im hearing alot coming from a close friend about justn brown told me he now around 220 and 6’3″ and pretty fast. Could be a sleeper

  • kamil

    Miles austin would be nice if he stayed healthy

  • steeler4life

    but that was with dallas we have the tech we can keep him on the field.