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Jerricho Cotchery | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/16/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
College: North Carolina State
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Jerricho Cotchery is expected to play in the slot.
The Panthers also have lead-footed Jason Avant, who can only play in the slot. They're going to need Cotchery to show more than he ever has, lining up in multiple positions and leading the unit while raw Kelvin Benjamin matures. We're not expecting it to be a very productive passing game. Cotchery will be a weak WR5 type in fantasy despite his big opportunity. Jun 2 - 9:41 AM

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Jerricho Cotchery's deal with the Panthers is for five years and $8.015 million.

The deal includes a $2.25 million signing bonus, and pays Cotchery a total of $3.5 million in 2014. The final three years are "voidable," and exist for the sole purpose of spreading out Cotchery's cap hit. It's an indication of how truly dire Carolina's cap situation is. For the moment, Cotchery is Cam Newton's No. 1 receiver.
Mar 20 - 5:56 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with WR Jerricho Cotchery, formerly of the Steelers, on a two-year contract.

Cotchery chooses the Panthers over the Steelers, likely because he's sees a bigger opportunity in Carolina. He now heads a barren receiving corps that also features Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King. Of course, the 32-year-old (in June) Cotchery is best suited as a No. 3 option and we still expect GM Dave Gettleman to add talent to the position through the draft or trade market. It's not a very sexy signing. Even Steve Smith, who was the Panthers' No. 1 option last year, could only manage a 64-745-4 line.
Mar 20 - 12:48 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder stated on SportsCenter Thursday that free agent Jerricho Cotchery is "close to a decision," and is "right now leaning" toward signing with the Panthers.

Cotchery turns 32 in June, but would at least give Carolina's receiver corps some credibility. The Panthers are currently bereft of NFL receiving experience. Much more interestingly, Werder stated he believes the Panthers have already "internally" discussed trying to trade for DeSean Jackson, and "might entertain the idea" if the Eagles' draft-pick asking price is reasonable.
Mar 20 - 12:26 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Jerricho Cotchery is deciding between the Panthers and Steelers.

Whoever scrounges up the most cap space wins. Cotchery would be frightfully close to the top of the depth chart in Carolina, but it would only be temporary. Going on 32, Cotchery has 120 total catches over the past four seasons.
Mar 18 - 4:20 PM

The Panthers will host free agent Jerricho Cotchery on Monday.

Carolina lost out to Indianapolis on Hakeem Nicks, and is now eyeing a journeyman slot receiver who turns 32 in June. The Steelers want to re-sign Cotchery, but they're in even worse salary cap condition than the Panthers.
Mar 16 - 2:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects the Steelers to re-sign free agent Jerricho Cotchery.

Cotchery had a quietly-excellent 2013 in the slot, and would likely return as Pittsburgh's No. 3 behind Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Cotchery will be 32, so he's a short-term fix. Despite some mock drafts sending wideouts to Pittsburgh, Bouchette considers defensive back the Steelers' biggest need.
Feb 19 - 10:03 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Browns.

Cotchery drew three other targets, two of which came in the end zone. He tweaked his shoulder on his last look of the afternoon, departing with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter. Cotchery wasn't announced with an injury, but wasn't spotted again in a game the Steelers had well in hand. An absolute red-zone monster this season, Cotchery finishes with 46 catches for 602 yards and 10 touchdowns. Going on 32, Cotchery is an impending free agent. There's a strong chance he'll be back with the Steelers.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught one pass for nine yards in Week 16 versus Green Bay.

Cotchery was targeted just two times. He's been held to two catches or fewer in four of his last five games and isn't a fantasy option as the No. 3 receiver in Pittsburgh. Cotchery has merely been a touchdown vulture in 2013.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:30:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) returned to Steelers practice Thursday, getting in a full session.

The world-renowned touchdown vulture is ready to go for Week 16. If you've made it this far, you're probably not using Cotchery in your FLEX or WR3 spot.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 06:35:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Cotchery missed some practice time last week with the shoulder issue but eventually played against the Bengals. He's barely on the WR4 radar.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 06:08:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery had one catch for two yards in Week 15 against the Bengals.

He was targeted three times in the passing game. Cotchery has been highly inconsistent this season and can't be trusted in the fantasy playoffs. He won't be more than a touchdown-dependent WR4 in Week 16.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 01:29:00 AM

Jerricho Cotchery is on the injury report with a shoulder contusion this week.

A contusion is just a bruise, so Cotchery should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bengals. However, the Steelers could use this as an excuse to get rookie Markus Wheaton more playing time as they look toward 2014. Cotchery has been excellent this season, but he's 31 years old and in the final year of his contract.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:22:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught five passes for 62 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

On his touchdown, Cotchery moved in motion into the slot and just ran up the seam. Ben Roethlisberger threaded a perfect pass to his red-zone maven between three Dolphin defenders. Cotchery has just 19 catches in the last six games, but seven of them have gone for touchdowns. We wouldn't chase an unsustainable rate like that heading into a Week 15 game against the Bengals.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:03:00 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught two passes for six yards and one touchdown in Week 13 against the Ravens.

That's all he could do with his six targets. Cotchery's touchdown came with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter. He was left wide open on the play and reeled in the pass for a one-yard score. Cotchery has come back down to Earth the past two weeks and isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 12:34:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Matt Blanchard
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Kenjon Barner
4Tyler Gaffney
5Darrin Reaves
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
3Michael Zordich
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Jason Avant
3Kealoha Pilares
4Toney Clemons
5Marcus Lucas
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Tiquan Underwood
3Tavarres King
4Marvin McNutt
5Brenton Bersin
WR31Tiquan Underwood
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Mike McNeill
5D.C. Jefferson
K1Graham Gano