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Jerricho Cotchery picks Panthers over Steelers

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Jerricho Cotchery was mulling over offers from the Panthers and Steelers.

Justin K. Aller

To say the Carolina Panthers are in desperate need of a wide receiver might be an understatement. After cutting Steve Smith and watching Brandon LaFell sign with the New England Patriots, the current receivers on the roster have a career five receptions in the NFL.

Needless to say, getting a guy like Jerricho Cotchery from the Pittsburgh Steelers would have been a nice boost, and they're reportedly agreed to a deal with him:

Cotchery, who caught a career-high 10 touchdown passes in 2013, had dinner with Panthers coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Mike Shula on Monday night. He was at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday for interviews with other coaches and team officials.

The Steelers have also been hit hard at receiver. They lost Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos after watching Mike Wallace depart for the Miami Dolphins last year. The Panthers ultimately had more money and playing time to offer than the Steelers.