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2014 NFL free agency: Carolina Panthers sign Jerricho Cotchery to 2-year deal

Jerricho Cotchery had a career revival in 2013, catching a career-high 10 touchdowns.Jerricho Cotchery had a career revival in 2013, catching a career-high 10 touchdowns. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Carolina Panthers are barren at receiver after losing Steve Smith, Ted Ginn and Brandon Lafell this offseason. Without that trio -- three of Carolina's top four receivers last year -- the Panthers were left with the likes of Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King at the top of their wide receiver depth chart.

The team took a step toward addressing that weakness Thursday, signing veteran Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year deal.

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Cotchery, a ten-year pro, had a renaissance year in 2013, catching 46 passes for 602 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns while with Pittsburgh. He caught just 33 passes in 2011 and 2012 combined and hasn't been a full-time starter since 2009.

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In Pittsburgh, Cotchery wore 89, Smith's old number with the Panthers. Smith is the franchise's career leader in receptions, reception yards and touchdowns. Per the team, Cotchery does not plan to wear 89 in Carolina.
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