Cotchery will be a free agent in March, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. The Panthers added a voidable year to Cotchery's contract to get some cap relief in 2015. The move will cost the team a $1.35 million cap hit in 2016, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Cotchery's tenure in Carolina will come to an end. Regardless, the 33-year-old wideout is long past his days of fantasy relevance.
Cotchery secured two of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. The veteran had some trouble hanging on to the ball, failing to come down with a couple of contested passes against a swarming Broncos secondary. The 12-year veteran nevertheless was a productive component of the Panthers offense in 2015, grabbing 39 receptions (26 of which went for first downs) for 485 yards and three touchdowns as one of Cam Newton's most trusted move-the-chain targets. While his 80-plus reception years are in the rearview mirror, Cotchery's character in the locker room and savvy on the field figure to earn him a spot on an NFL roster in 2016.
Cotchery caught three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over Seattle. The veteran receiver caught at least three passes for the sixth time in his last eight games. Cotchery ranked third on the Panthers in catches and yards in 2015, but scored just thrice and was held under 30 yards in nine of 15 games this season, including Sunday. With Carolina ranking as the NFL's most run-heavy team this season and Arizona's eighth-ranked pass defense up next, don't expect too much from Cotchery next week.
Cotchery finished Sunday's loss to the Falcons with four receptions (on five targets) for 24 yards. Cotchery also rushed once for 16 yards. While that was Cotchery's first carry of the campaign, he's now caught four passes in back-to-back games, but once again finished with under 50 receiving yards Sunday. In fact, the veteran has only crossed that threshold three times this season, and since he's only scored twice, Cotchery holds restricted fantasy upside.
Cotchery (not injury related) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Cotchery has 27 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games played so far this season, and he will look to add to those totals against the Falcons.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3 Year Avg||69||44||556||5||31||12.64||85|