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Sunday, March 16, 2014
James Jones would love to play with Cam

By David Newton

Finally, some good news for the Carolina Panthers on the wide receiver front.

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Green Bay Packers free agent James Jones told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Sunday that he would "love the opportunity to play for the Carolina Panthers'' and quarterback Cam Newton.

Also, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, 31, reportedly will visit Carolina on Monday.

The Panthers are looking to completely rebuild their receiving corps. They cut Steve Smith, their all-time leading receiver, on Thursday. No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell signed with New England on Saturday. No. 3 Ted Ginn Jr. signed with Arizona and No. 4 Domenik Hixon went to Chicago.

That leaves Carolina without a wide receiver with an NFL catch.

Jones has been relatively quiet during the first week of free agency, but he has been on the Panthers' radar -- particularly since Hakeem Nicks signed with Indianapolis on Friday.

He has 310 career receptions for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns during his seven-year career. He had a career-best 14 touchdown catches in 2012.

Cotchery is heading into his 11th season after being selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. Has spent the past three seasons at Pittsburgh, where he had 46 catches for 602 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns this past season.

He has 437 career catches for 5,558 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Neither Jones nor Cotchery is considered a bona fide No. 1 receiver, but for a team with no experience at the position either or both would fill a huge need.

The Panthers also are expected to take a wide receiver in the first two rounds of the draft.