Report: Steelers Free Agent WR Jerricho Cotchery To Visit Panthers Monday

According to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will visit the Carolina Panthers Monday.

The Panthers just recently released wide receiver Steve Smith and they have lost wide receivers Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon already in free agency.

The Steelers lost wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but his exodus was expected. The Steelers are likely hoping to get Cotchery re-signed this offseason and draft another wide receiver to groom in May.

Cotchery led the Steelers with 10 touchdowns in 2013.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Aha! The plot thickens! It’s like they need 10 or 20 different backup plans.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Don’t let him get on the plane, sign him up now

  • CW

    So if the Steelers lose Cotchery too, do they make a move on Kenny Britt?

  • Tom

    I would think that would be highly unlikely.
    I don’t see the Steelers being interested in bringing in headcases.

  • CW

    It’s getting down to the headcases and the talentless as far as veteran free agent wide receivers go. Britt might still be turned around.

  • srdan

    While talented, and probably a good fit for what the offense needs, there is plenty about him to turn off the steelers.

  • Tom

    Panthers off season moves have certainly been puzzling at best. Letting all your wide receivers go at once can’t possibly be a good thing.

  • CW

    Maybe try for Danario Alexander and pray a strong wind doesn’t break his femur bone?

  • Frank Nitti

    Plaxico is the man…..

  • Tom

    Santonio Holmes has accomplished a lot more in the NFL and has way less baggage……and the chances of him being signed are probably slim to none.

  • 20Stoney

    Yeah. Not good news at all, but not really surprising either.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    No. They have been making a concerted effort to stay away from troublemakers since last year. Too bad because that guy has a crapload of talent. But I do agree with their thinking as just one bad apple can screw up the chemistry and attitude of the whole locker room.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Was he the guy that burned the Steelers for 2 TD’s in 2012? I think the 4th stringers gave those up. Am I correct?

  • Paddy

    I think Cotchery leaving is not a big deal

  • cencalsteeler

    Not buying it. Steelers will resign Cotch. If they don’t, this will be my first offseason disappointment.

  • Babybull

    New England seems to turn them around

  • Pete Johnson

    Oh really? You like the idea of Moye being your number 2 with nothing behind him? We are literally ONE deep at WR right now. It isn’t a big deal if Cotch gets away, it is a HUGE deal. Everyone just assumed he was coming back, but now he is visiting a team that is even more desperate than we are at WR. This is not good.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Moye would be the #3 assuming we don’t draft anyone behind Brown and Wheaton.

  • CW

    Yeah. But he did similar things against other better corners over his career. His major issue is that he can’t stay healthy and has spent whole seasons on IR after what appeared to be at first minor injury incidents that caused major injuries to him.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Why isn’t he signed by the steelers already i mean really what are they waiting for another team to take him like the panthers he should have been signed al4eady

  • CW

    Not saying I want Kenny Britt, I’m saying that the talent pool at free agent wide receiver is either very thin on talent or populated with guys with some sort of red flag, either age, lack of talent, pure return men, multiple injuries, or flat out headcase types that has them rated on the low end of the scale.

    James Jones is probably the best left, but he’s probably out of the price range for the Steelers. After him there is nothing but serious question mark players.

  • Babybull

    We can’t say anything if JC leaves we lost ares to we have no room to talk

  • CW

    Forgetting the headcase, age, arrest, and multiple injuries issue with Holmes. Holmes is 30 and he’s been hurt a lot since going to the Jets. It’s like talking about Sidney Rice. He might only three years older than Britt, but he’s been walking wounded for most of his career, so how much money would you be willing to bet on a 28 year old wide receiver who seems to be made out of glass and duct tape?

    And that’s the real issue here. If Cotchery leaves, the Steelers are left very thin at wide receiver and with zero depth as far as veteran wide receivers go behind Antonio Brown.

  • cencalsteeler

    In my mind, Cotch should have had priority over Clark, Taylor and Kiesel. In other words,…… top priority.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Well, if you sign about 12 WR’s like they do, you can get a couple that will do well. Then the rest just languish and vanish.

  • CW

    Quite true.

  • stairman

    mine too, JC has been a true team player, I think he is under used, a good vet teacher, dependable, and has a lot of talent. He has played for a low salary, been paitent waiting for his opportunity, and now he has shown what he is capable of. Sign him for a reasonable amount, use him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The way the off season is going he is good as gone

  • SteelerDave

    I live right across from Ft. Campbell and clearly remember Britt trying to get on base at like 3 am drunk off his ass. How stupid can you be? He is talented but the last things we need on our team.

  • 804Stiller

    Man, this is gonna be a tough one. From his perspective, he has ties to Carolina and he is going to a winning organization. Not to mention, this is probably his last deal. He seems to love Pitt but at the end of the day, he is going to sign with which ever of the two offer the most $ and I can’t be mad a him. Man, I agree with one of the earlier posts. “This is the only loss that would really be disappointing to me so far.” I’m not as concern at RB as the position is so undervalued that we could pick up depth at the position after June. But, if we lose Cotch, we are in bad shape at WR and DE. I hope Carrington and Cotch are Steelers by the end of the week……………to be cont’d

  • Andrew Alberico

    Many people are counting on Wheaton to produce like a #1 or 2 receiver. What data do we have to assume that?

  • Babybull

    Well that’s why you put stipulations in their contracts to cover yourself your not dealing with all angels

  • Paul Barracliffe

    I wonder how much we offered him. 10 TDs is a whole lot and he’s only 31. If they’re expecting him to stay for a little then he deserves to check his options. I get the feeling that his contribution isn’t valued as much as it should be.

  • alex

    it does seem that we are ‘casually’ losing players…we all know that we didnt really care about Ziggy and Sanders, but then you lose Woods and suddenly we have a new major need on the DL…

    we lose Sanders and now Cotch is selling his services, so do we overpay for Cotch like we did Sanders last year?

    my problem is, knowing that most teams would be flush with $$$ this year because of the $10M salary increase, we are doing little to negotiate down Ben or do a long term deal for Worilds so we can be a player for something other that a starting safety? (whom i do like, by the way)

  • Kenneth Wilt

    There is nothing that points to that. My point here was only that Moye wouldn’t be the #2 guy, Wheaton would.