Jerricho Cotchery to make $3.5 million in year 1 of deal with Panthers


Jerricho Cotchery’s deal with the Carolina Panthers was announced as a two year deal by the Panthers but is officially a five year, $8.015 million contract, according to the official numbers from the NFLPA. The last three years of the deal are voidable. Cotchery will make $3.5 million in year one of the deal. Contract Breakdown:5 Years – $8.015 million | $2.25 million signing bonus | 2014: $1.25 million | 2015: $1.45 million | 2016: $1 million | 2017: $1 million | $1.015 million |

Steelers, Cotchery in talks on new deal; Rams, Panthers showing interest, source says


STEELERS LOOK TO STRIKE DEAL WITH JERRICHO COTCHERY The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jerricho Cotchery are working on a new deal but coming off a 10 touchdown season, Cotchery has drawn interest from up to three teams, an NFL source says. Cotchery is planning to take at least two visits next week. Cotchery has strong interest in returning to Pittsburgh but is seeking around $3 million guaranteed in year one of a multi-year deal. The Steelers right now have under $4 million in cap space. Cotchery parted ways with agent Jack Scharf just before the combine and hired Brian Levy of Goal Line Football. Levy is Mike Tomlin’s agent and former Steeler Larry Foote’s long-time agent. One of the interested teams looking to bring Cotchery in for a visit next week is the St. Louis Rams, a source says. The Baltimore Ravens called on Cotchery prior to free agency “officially” openingRead More »

Veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery talks “inconsistent offense” and has a message for Mike Wallace


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Veteran wideout Jerricho Cotchery believed that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley could not only co-exist, but they could work together successfully as well. Questions arose as their initial season together steadily went from productive to inconsistent with Roethlisberger missing three-plus games due to injury, his negative post-game comments at Dallas and the Steelers’ missing the playoffs for the fifth time since the 2000 season as low points. “I think you’ve got young guys on the offense, and you’ve got a lot of guys that have been in the system for eight seasons,” Cotchery said. “I know Ben had been in one system for a period of time. “Anytime you introduce something that is totally new, like this offense is totally new, and there wasn’t anything that was similar to the previous system, there is going to be some inconsistent play.Read More »