Report: Panthers Gave Former Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery Two Years, $5 Million

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost veteran free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and now we are starting to hear the details of the contract that he has now signed.

According to David Newton of, Cotchery signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Panthers and a majority of that money will come in 2014, the first year of the deal.

If Newton’s report is correct, you can’t blame Cotchery for leaving Pittsburgh. This will more than likely be the final contract of his career and the Steelers weren’t going to be able to pay him that much money in 2014.

In addition to the money, Cotchery will more than likely open the season as a starter for the Panthers, who lost all of their experienced wide receivers during the first week of free agency.

Had he stayed in Pittsburgh, Cotchery more than likely would have started the season as the No. 3 wide receiver and asked to groom his replacement as the season progressed.

  • sean mcmartin

    So much for surrounding ben with talent. there goes the clutch reciever. 8-8 is the sub-standard ..

  • Paddy

    His wife is from Charlotte, a nice way to end his career

  • steelster

    Good for cotchery and for the steelers for not offering that much money to him. Now with the saved money go get Carrington.

  • steeltown

    Funny, a year ago people didn’t even want Cotchery on the Team, now our Offense is going to fall apart without him… hmm

  • steeltown


  • srdan

    GAmes are not won or lost in March for a team like the Steelers.

  • mlc43

    Thank you, Steeltown! I’m amazed by all the doomsayers on here as of late.

  • Phil Colella

    Didn’t he go to NC State?

  • steeltown


  • mlc43

    I’m sad to see Cotch go, but I’m happy he’s gonna get paid before he does. Good luck to him in Carolina!

  • sean mcmartin

    I wasn’t one of them, When they signed cotch he was described as a younger version of hines ward. I was stoked. Now a good coach will double team brown. and press coverage on heath..also a new WR takes time to get in sync with his QB. Stupid move by the Steelers.

  • steelster

    yes, in 2013 it was September that sank them.

  • treeher

    Well, I admit I am one of those who was not high on him, but he did perform for us. However, I’m not going to backtrack entirely. I’d have liked to see a good free agent pick last year or another big receiver in the draft. We’d have both/either on the roster now. Surprisingly, that’s probably what will happen this year.

  • Ben Saluri

    At least by him being a starter, will result in a decent comp pick for 2015.

  • Pete Johnson

    Clearly a “break the bank” type of offer he just “couldn’t refuse”. Or something.

  • Pete Johnson

    Comp picks are tied to salary for the most part. We will get a 7th if anything.

  • Dr. Doom

    THE END IS NEAR! Were going 0-20, counting preseason!

  • Iron Cadet

    Well we did sink, and will remain sunk until we start winning

  • PA2AK

    might have had something to do with his 33 rec and 2 tds the first two years we had him. Now he’s a PROVEN 10td/year guy!

  • steeltown

    If the majority of this deal is paid out in the first year like being reported, we wouldn’t have been able to match, not to mention as we sit here today, Jerricho Cotchery is the Panthers #1 WR

  • PA2AK

    The same month we didn’t have our #1 and #2 TE, #1RB, #2 or #3 RB (LSH – whatever he was), #1 C (probowler/captain)…and a couple defenders too.

  • PA2AK

    Easy decision for the FO and Cotch, imo.

  • T R

    More of reason he should stayed in PIttsburgh.. who wants to stay near your Mother In Law and the other In Laws.. he gone need all that 5 miillion for his sanity..>LOL

  • steelster

    yes, but I see a 7-9 season in 2014 because of the young defense. However, I see the steelers making the playoffs in 2015 as the young talent starts to come together. My crystal ball is never wrong.

  • srdan

    Yup, the same squad that won 8 of thenext 12 and formed a core of new young players. Yup that squad

  • steeltown


  • steelster

    So are you forgetting about wheaton and the strong wr talent in this draft. Think forwards not backwards.

  • Richard Edlin

    Quality trolling there.

  • steelster

    0-4, is 0-4.

  • Melly

    I’m not concerned that Cotch is gone(he had a very good year for us)! I am concerned about who is going to be the replacement!?!

  • Michael Stickings

    I’m happy for him, and I doubt his absence will make all that much difference for us in 2014.

    Now, of course, the pressure is on to sign Carrington and/or MJD and/or someone of that caliber.

  • Addison

    Good for Cotchery. I hope he gets to the Super Bowl

  • PA2AK

    good to know

  • steelster

    yes a good young core for the future but I think we will see a lot of growing pains in 2014.

  • John C

    Happy for Cotch…class guy, solid WR3…glad he is getting paid, at least for one year…..he will probably have the worst year of his career this season with Scam Newton throwing to the RB’s and TE’s and with “who knows who” lining up at WR with him.

  • steeltown

    I always liked the signing too, he was cheap and he was clutch. Last year was an anomaly but he always provided quality depth and veteran leadership. I will miss him.

    Hopefully we can alteast get Lance Moore under contract, he’s a good route runner and possession receiver and he sure doesn’t lack experience

  • steelster

    Also, when the steelers went 6-2 in the second half they only beat one good team the bengals, who really aren’t that good.

  • PA2AK

    6-2, is 6-2

  • steeltown

    That comes with transition.. but who knows, we may surprise some people

  • Arthur Branch

    8-8 is why you do not pay 5 mil to a reciever no defense game planed for at all last year.

  • steelster

    would have rather ended up 7-9

  • John C

    I agree….not much to choose from out there really….Lance Moore, Earl Bennett, Jason Avant, Sidney Rice?? Think most of the FA WR’s have one concern or another – Salary req., health issues, lack of talent!

  • John C

    I’m with you….Wheaton has been dedicated this offseason and I think he will help spread the D. Draft a young stud and sign a solid FA possession guy. Plus Heath, Bell and a O-line that is coming into its own….I have no concerns with the offense right now…just need a little more depth at RB.

  • PA2AK

    would rather have ended up with a few less dramatic steeler fans.

  • steelster

    yes, I expect a lot of shootouts in 2014 for the steelers.

  • steelster

    The steelers are a average team in a below average division so they can turn it around. I just think it’s going to take at least 2-3 years.

  • Matt Manzo

    I feel the pressure but I don’t think the FO feels the pressure!

  • shawn

    Good for him, although i value him highly, I dont think it was a big loss … we are going to replace him in the draft more than likely !

  • RMSteeler

    Time for next man up, Justin Brown to prove himself in pre-season.

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  • Moneypenny76

    So let me get this straight….Ike Taylor is worth $2.75 million per year, but they don’t believe Cotchery is worth $2.5????? His cap hit would have been less than Ike’s…and while Ike was a liability for most of last season, Cotchery was a valuable and dependable receiver. Now the ONLY proven receiver the Steelers have is AB…and I love AB but he can’t catch every pass. I have little faith in Moye…I remember him dropping an EASY TD pass. Wheaton has potential, but he hasn’t proven anything yet.

    Paying Ike more than they were willing to pay Cotchery does not give me much faith in the front office. I’m happy for Cotchery and hope he does well, but this is a bad move on Pittsburgh’s part.

  • steelster

    nice comeback frednash

  • Michael Pearce

    Well the front office must know something we dont. Its a must that we hit on whatever WR we get in the draft now. We also need to sign some free agent WR just to give Ben a couple targets. Its just strange to me that while we have a franchise QB we are taking away all his targets. At this point we have one known WR in Brown and Heath at TE. Take Brown away and who does Ben throw to consistently? What we really need is Mike Evans, but dont see him dropping that far and Kelvin Benjamin most likely wont be there in round 2, so its move up and get Evans or move down and get Benjamin. Other than that its take the best CB that fits our defense and hope there is a decent WR to fit our offense in round two.

  • Will Hammer

    yinzers are funny . when we lose a guy he now becomes the next HOF er . When that guy is on the team he either stinks or should be cut.. LMAO!!!!! at the fickle morons that call themselves a fan !!!!

  • Will Hammer

    Get young, get young, and let the other teams be dumb …

  • steelster

    Bell could have 50 receptions in 2014.

  • John Hinton

    Guys – I ran into Jerricho in the Charlotte Airport on Tuesday and jokingly said to him, “You didn’t sign with the Panthers did you?!”. He was a good sport and simply smiled. I think we all would agree he was a good Steeler and he had an outstanding year in 2013. You can’t fault the guy for taking that deal at this stage of his career and he gets the chance to start in the state where he played in college (NC State). He’s a good guy and I wish him the best (except when the Steelers play them this season).

  • tim

    Terrible terrible loss…….OMG our wonderful FO has done it again. ….I’m officially done with Kevin C

  • Pete Johnson

    And 400 carries. He should be in great shape for 2015 when we really need him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    its not that Cotchery is that good but that we have only Brown with any exp. at WR that knows the system. We are putting ourselves in a bind and are hoping on unproven players to make it happen this year. It seems like a big risk.

  • CrazyTerry

    I am 50/50 on Cotchery at 2.5M. But he earned the 2.5M more than Ike with his 2.75M. Ike has already earned many millions. Steelers should have forced Ike to take in the low 2Ms and paid Cotchery the 2.5 he deerved.