Cotchery pulled in 46 catches on 76 targets last season, accounting for 602 yards and a team-high 10 receiving touchdowns. The 10-year pro ranked behind Pro Bowler Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart, but he was a very useful player at age 31.
However, Cotchery won’t be plying his trade in black and gold next season, as he signed a free-agent contract with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday afternoon.
The news came via a tweet from Everett Levy, social media director for the Goal Line Football agency, which represents Cotchery:
BREAKING NEWS: Jerricho Cotchery agrees to terms on a contract with the Carolina Panthers!
— Everett Levy (@Everettlevy) March 20, 2014
The Panthers have confirmed that Cotchery penned a two-year deal, with financial details not disclosed.
Cotchery joins Sanders, who signed with the Broncos, in departing the Steelers’ corps of receivers. Former Saints pass-catcher Lance Moore visited Pittsburgh earlier this week, giving general manager Kevin Colbert at least one option for replenishing Roethlisberger’s stable of targets.
Still, there remains a strong possibility the Steelers look to the draft to add at least one more playmaker at the wide receiver position.