Steelers Free Agent WR Jerricho Cotchery Leaves Meeting With Panthers Without Contract

So you’re telling me there’s a chance? Yeah!

Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has wrapped up his Tuesday visit with the Carolina Panthers and has left Charlotte unsigned, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer.

Person goes on to say that the veteran receiver is deciding between the Steelers and the Panthers, so there seems to be a chance he returns to Pittsburgh in 2014.

Cotchery had dinner Monday night with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Mike Shula. His visit carried over into Tuesday, but no deal was struck. Person reports that a source told him that a decision could come as soon as tonight or tomorrow from Cotchery.

Cotchery, who led the Steelers in touchdowns last season with 10, would be a welcomed sight in Carolina as the team is currently void of any experienced wide receivers on their roster thanks to losses so far in free agency.

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  • RW

    Sweet! Please get this guy back :) couple of restructures and subsequent FA signings and those Vegas odds should improve.

  • RMSteeler

    Probably got an offer, but giving the info to the Steelers to see if his market value with the Panthers is close to theirs out of respect to the organization.

  • mlc43

    As a Steelers fan….please come back to the burgh, Cotch!!!
    As a Cotchery fan… Go for the money, Cotch!! You deserve it! Hopefully it’s the Steelers that ponies up…if not….good luck in Carolina!

  • itsgonnalast

    Fingers crossed! This dude is so underrated.

  • afrazier9

    Well if he does come back is he the number two or number3?

  • PA2AK

    I don’t want the Steelers to pony up much for him. His current contract is a fair value. I don’t bet, but I would put up almost all i own that he is closer to his career averages next year than he is to 2013 numbers. would like to see him back. I think Cotch wants money, but I also think he thoroughly enjoys being a Steeler.

  • PA2AK

    2013 is not his career.

  • PA2AK

    #3 he runs a half hour 40 in pads.

  • steelster

    or number 4, if the steelers go early with a wr.

  • gevins

    I am thinking he is bringing the offer back to the steelers to see if they will match it.

  • Eddy

    Sounds like he xerox’d that contract and is walking it back to the Steelers.

    We can match it and sign him or let him become a Panther.

  • Jay Jaber

    One of my favorite movies so there is still a chance lol

  • AndyR34

    It’s not ALL about stats(!)…although regression toward the mean would be normal. There are many other positive reasons to sign him beyond his 2013 stats. This isn’t fantasy football.

  • afrazier9

    LOL

  • afrazier9

    Well if not i think they definently go wr 1-15

  • lone pistol

    Did anyone think that with brown, wheaton, and the fact were saying were gona draft a big boy makes a difference where he pics. Here he would be a 3 receiver/slot and possibly have to split it with a rookie. There he will be there best reliever as of now and could have a bigger role and playtime for the end of his career,

  • Rosco

    I think he went to CAR just to bump up his contract offer from PIT.. Hey may let PIT know what CAR is offering and try to give PIT a home town discount

  • PA2AK

    Well thanks, I didn’t realize that. It is part of the equation…if it wasn’t why aren’t we paying JB and Hines to be great locker room presences? Cotch is well worth the money at his current contract value (MAYBE a bit more), imo. anything more is shortsighted to me. if signed, he’ll be here what 1 or 2 more at most? Why throw an inflated contract at the guy? Isn’t that what got us in trouble to begin with in Pittsburgh…hanging on to too many veterans because they were good guys. Look, I love having Cotch around. I’m simply saying that you have to take into account his potential contribution to the team on the field as well. ‘Steelers should not over pay’ isn’t anything close to ‘Steelers shouldn’t pay anything unless he puts up 1,000 yards, 10+tds, and gets my fantasy squad wins’. NOT having Cotch next season doesn’t cripple us. It’d be far worse to overpay him than to not have his leadership.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    He deserves a raise i mean he did have 10 tds last year they dont have to overpay him but they dont have to disrespect him neither by penny pinching hes also more valuable to have for his ladrrship and lockerroom pressence i hope they find a way to keep him

  • rob

    COTCHERY IF I WAS HIM I GO THE PANTHERS WERE I WAS NEEDED.
    I LOVE STEELERS TO BUT IF YOU WAIT TO LONG FOR STEELERS TO PICK YOU AND PICK SOME ONE ELSE . THAT WILL BE ON YOU. GOOD LUCK.

  • rob

    COTCHERY THE PANTHERS IS NOT A BAD TEAM TO PLAY FOR LAST YEAR THEY MADE THE PLAY OFF THAT NOT BAD AT ALL.

  • joed32

    True but he gets open somehow.

  • PA2AK

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see him get paid. Pittsburgh can’t be the one that pays for 10 TD’s last year. He won’t have more than 5 maybe next year. Given AB, Wheaton, healthy Heath and Spaeth (even though he won’t take away much we didn’t have him for half the year) and presumably another rookie. Add Moyer and/or Brown and what they do with them. I just can’t see them forking over too much for a guy that will look closer to his normal…and won’t likely be used near as often next year.

  • PA2AK

    Haha I know. He did so well last year and I really love having him around the team. A great guy that deserves all the money he can get. Steelers can’t afford to over pay for a guy that will NOT have close to 10 TD’s this year.

  • PA2AK

    It was a smart move. He’ll need to balance his choice of playing for the Rooneys or going after, what is very likely, a much bigger contract from Carolina. I hope he’s back…we just can’t afford to do what’s right for a player in lieu of what’s right for the team.

  • Rosco

    If he goes to Carolina I wonder if he’ll take Steve Smiths number 89!!! Dont go Jerricho you might have to change numbers!!!!!!!!!!