Dec, 24, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey (80) scores a touchdown as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ahmad Black (43) defends in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 48-16 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Shockey and the Carolina Panthers: A Dysfunctional Marriage

One big question surrounding the Panthers, that has yet to be answered, is where is Jeremy Shockey going?

Shockey was a major weapon for Cam Newton last season, and fans are screaming for his return.

Why are we screaming for him? Why do the fans want to see him so bad?

Yes, he was a great tool in helping Cam Newton transition to the next level, but he doesn’t fit with the Panthers mindset.

First, he’s too old for the team. As of right now, the only prominent players on the team that is over 30 years old are Steve Smith and Jordan Gross. Now, at 31 Shockey isn’t ridiculously old, but he’s older than the coaches want.

If he was a few years younger, he would have signed a 4 year deal last year. But, he isn’t and that’s going to affect where he goes.

Second, his personality doesn’t match with the Big Cat. Sure, he toned down his over-the-top personality last season, but people still have a sour taste in their mouths from past years.

In 2008, amid trade speculations, Shockey refused to practice with his team, then the New York Giants. He is said to have even gotten into a heated argument with the general manager.

The Big Cat looks for character in his players, and Shockey doesn’t embody that.

Third, he’s an expendable player. This season the Panthers are extremely deep at TE. Greg Olsen is a stud and will be the sole starter for the position with great players like Gary Barnidge and Ben Hartsock.

Needless to say, though he is an amazing TE, Jeremy Shockey is not needed by Panthers. He doesn’t fit the outlook of the team either.

I know you are all fuming at me about this, but there is always a chance. No one ever thought that Carolina would bring in another star WR opposite Steve Smith, and they brought in Keyshawn. Unfortunately, that marriage led to a hasty divorce, and just may be the reason Jeremy Shockey is still a free agent.

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