Panthers re-sign two, prepare for Cotchery

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
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A little late-Monday afternoon house cleaning on what's going on with the Carolina Panthers.

Pittsburgh Steelers free-agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was scheduled to arrive in Charlotte, N.C., early Monday evening to begin the courting process. The visit will continue into Tuesday.

It'll be interesting to see if a team without a proven wide receiver on the roster will let the 31-year-old, who had a career-best 10 touchdown catches last season, out of town without a contract.

I'm guessing they won't. They need experience at the position now that Steve Smith (Ravens), Brandon LaFell (Patriots), Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) and Domenik Hixon (Bears) are gone.

Meanwhile, the Panthers re-signed cornerback James Dockery and linebacker Jason Williams.

Thumb and shoulder injuries limited Dockery to five games last season. Although he's had a couple of starts, look for the Panthers to continue their search for a replacement for Captain Munnerlyn (Vikings) in free agency.

Williams' biggest value is on special teams. His 28 special-teams tackles since 2010 is the second most on the team. His biggest play of 2013 was a blocked punt against the New York Jets to set up a touchdown.

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ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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