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.
Cotchery caught all three passes thrown his way, resulting in 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.
Cotchery continues to be a reliable target in the Panthers' passing game, as he's now caught 27 of 33 passes directed toward him this season. Although his 352 total yards is underwhelming in fantasy terms, Cotchery secured a game-winning, 15-yard touchdown Sunday that preserved Carolina's undefeated record. So while his peripheral, low volume role isn't necessarily conducive to fantasy success, Cotchery's contributions have still proven useful to the Panthers' passing attack.
Cotchery caught 5-of-6 targets for 73 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
The Panthers used a conservative game plan on offense and didn't take many chances downfield, which allowed Cotchery to enjoy plenty of volume on the intermediate routes. He fell two yards short of the end zone on a 12-yard reception late in the second quarter to deprive his fantasy owners of a touchdown, but those in deeper leagues who may have been forced to start Cotchery still have to be happy that he delivered his second-highest yardage output of the season.
Cotchery caught four of six targets for 57 yards in Sunday's win over Washington.
The veteran finished second on the team in targets and yards in the blowout, eclipsing the 50-yard mark for the second time in three games. Despite the recent success, Cotchery is but one of many pieces of a patchwork Carolina receiving corps, and he carries minimal upside from week to week. Next on the schedule is a Thanksgiving matchup with the Cowboys.
Cotchery caught three of his six targets for a season-high 82 yards in Sunday's game against the Packers.
The veteran led the team in receiving Sunday and finished second in targets. However, his modest usage and the balanced nature of the Carolina attack have him outside the category of weekly fantasy starters. A matchup with the Titans awaits in Week 10.
Cotchery (ankle) caught 2-of-4 targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 27-23 win at Seattle.
Cotchery played for the first time since Week 2, and didn't do much, other than a 14-yard catch at one point. He might produce better numbers as he gets healthier, but Greg Olsen, who caught 7-of-11 targets for 131 yards and a touchdown Sunday, remains Cam Newton's top target. Next week, the Panthers will take on the Eagles at home.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) is active Sunday in Seattle.
Cotchery has fully recovered from a high-ankle sprain sustained in Week 2. Cotchery will likely be among Cam Newton's top three targets.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday in Seattle.
He is expected to play for the first time since Week 2. He caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in the first two games of the season, so he should be an important weapon behind clear top option Greg Olsen.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) practiced fully Tuesday, per David Newton of ESPN.com.
In the regular season opener, he was targeted six times, which only Greg Olsen has matched in each of the three games in the interim. Going forward, expect Cotchery to jostle with Ted Ginn for secondary targets behind Olsen.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, per Steve Reed of Associated Press.
Cotchery has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in Week 2, but it appears he is ready to resume playing coming out of the bye week. He will likely slot back in as either the third or fourth receiver.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) is listed as out for the Sunday game against the Buccaneers.
Cotchery isn't expected to return until after the Week 5 bye. Once healthy, he'll likely pick up where he left off as the starting slot receiver.
Wide reciever Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) will likely be sidelined until after the Panthers' Week 5 bye, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Cotchery missed Sunday's win over the Saints after suffering a high ankle sprain during Week 2. Given the extended recovery timetable associated with that injury, Cotchery is not expected to be ready to return yet. He could use the Panthers' upcoming bye to gain an additional week of treatment ahead of a potential Week 6 return.
Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) will not play Sunday against New Orleans. After missing the entire week of practice, Cotchery might also be in danger of sitting out Week 4.
He has five catches for 56 yards in two games this season.
The possibility of Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) playing Sunday looked bleak Thursday. It looks bleaker Friday after he did not take part in practice, per Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
Cotchery did not work at all this week, so his chances of playing in Week 3 against New Orleans appear quite slim. The Panthers will reveal whether he has any chance to play when they release their Friday injury report.
Ron Rivera stated Thursday that the status of Panthers wideout Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) is "looking bleak" for the Week 3 contest against New Orleans, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
A high-ankle sprain usually results in a multi-week absence, so Rivera's comment appears to confirm one of those games. As a result, it wouldn't surprise if Cotchery was ruled out on the injury report issued Friday.
Panthers veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) missed practice Thursday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Cotchery's age (33 years old) isn't on his side in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain. By the end of the week, the Panthers could clarify his situation, but Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn and Corey Brown will have additional targets in store if Cotchery is unable to go Sunday against New Orleans.