Maybe the labor situation could be settled sooner rather than later.
Thinking in league circles was that the Carolina Panthers, led by hard-line owner Jerry Richardson, would wait until a new collective bargaining agreement was reached before doing anything.
Or maybe this situation was too good to pass up. Whatever the case, free-agent tight end Jeremy Shockey, who was released by the New Orleans Saints last week, announced on his Facebook page that he is joining the Panthers.
“Looks like I'm signing with Carolina,” Shockey wrote. “Time for the Next chapter. This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season.”
Shockey had also visited the Miami Dolphins. He’ll reconnect with Rob Chudzinski, the Panthers offensive coordinator, who coached him at the University of Miami. He’ll also go to work for tight ends coach Pete Hoener, who is credited with developing Vernon Davis in San Francisco.
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