Shockey says all the right things about his new team's owner

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has a reputation as being a hard-liner in the labor situation that is bogging down the NFL right now.

But Jeremy Shockey, who signed with the Panthers shortly after his release from the New Orleans Saints, had no problems going to Carolina, where he signed a one-year contract.

“I met the owner, Mr. Richardson, he was a straight-shooter, he looked me in the eye and was real sincere in the things he had to say,” Shockey said on WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C., according to “Coach (Ron) Rivera has some great things ahead of him as a head coach, obviously the offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski, I knew him from Miami as a tight ends coach and as an offensive coordinator at Miami.

“It just made sense. It is something that I had a chance to meet with a bunch of teams and meet with a bunch of owners and things like that but to me, I had this thing, sort of a gut feeling and it is exciting, it is a young ball club compared to some of the other ball clubs I have been in and it is a very intriguing situation for me.”

We’ll see how intriguing Shockey finds things once the Panthers select a quarterback for this coming season. If things bog down – and if veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is still there – that could become a potentially awkward situation with a couple of players who are vocal when they’re not getting the ball.

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