He's recorded a single 1,000-yard season -- with the Jets in 2007 -- and has averaged seven starts a season and 556 yards per season for his career. Cotchery was the 21st ranked free-agent wideout in our rankings.
Cotchery is far from a true "No. 1 receiver" at this stage of his career, but he brings something to the table that Carolina sorely lacks: experience.
At age 31, Cotchery has more catches in every single one of his 10 NFL seasons than every other wideout currently on the Panthers roster has for their combined careers.
What this means for the 2014 season is that Cam Newton will have a reliable pass-catching target and the Panthers will have an opportunity to nab a speedy complement in one of the first few rounds of the draft.
Dave Gettleman's plan with Carolina's wide receivers has looked questionable at best and the issues are far from solved, but this is a good first step in getting some sort of depth chart experience organized. Cotchery, who wore No. 89 for Pittsburgh last season won't be going anywhere near that number in Carolina.
WR Jerricho Cotchery says he will not be wearing Steve Smith's old number, 89. "I won't touch that one."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 20, 2014