Jeremy Shockey committed to helping Carolina

Jeremy Shockey has enjoyed being a part of the Panthers' rebuilding process. And the veteran tight end wants to stay there to see it through.

Shockey, who signed a one-year deal worth $4 million last offseason, said Monday he hopes to negotiate a contract extension with the Panthers.
"You see people grow and you know it's going to be a special team. You want to be a part of that," Shockey said. "You were here when new coaches came and developed. You don't want to be somewhere else because you put so much hard work in and you've seen people grow. And the only thing it's going to do is get better and better."

There were questions about Shockey's health after he missed 10 games over three injury-plagued seasons with New Orleans, which released him in February. But he has played every game this season, despite breaking his finger in Week 1 and suffering a concussion three weeks later in Chicago.

Shockey and Greg Olsen, both of whom played for Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski in college, have been a tough, pass-catching tandem. Olsen is second on the team in receiving, and Shockey is right behind him with 23 receptions for 292 yards and a touchdown.

Shockey, 31, said there have been no contract talks yet between the Panthers and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

"Like I said before to the coaches, Ron (Rivera) and Rob, I didn't come here for the money. I'm coming here to be comfortable," Shockey said. "Chud looks at me as family. I've known him since college days. You just see some great people in here."

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