January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey (80) runs after a catch during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

SOURCES: Jeremy Shockey Is Not Retiring

There have been reports circling around the internet that Jeremy Shockey was going to be retiring. According to sources familiar with the situation, these reports are false. What follows is a quote from NBCSPORTS.com.

On Thursday, mixed signals came from Panthers coach Ron Rivera and G.M. Marty Hurney on the question of whether tight end Jeremy Shockey will be retiring.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Shockey isn’t calling it quits. The source specifically said Shockey will be playing next year, and that there’s “no chance” he’ll retire.

Shockey, a 10-year veteran, has played for the Giants, Saints, and Panthers. He’ll be a free agent on March 13.

Now the question is, will he return to the Panthers. He was a viable option for Cam Newton this season, and with Greg Olsen, formed an outstanding duo at tight end. This was the first time the Panthers had seen great tight end production since Welsey Walls retired.

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