His next stop was the Panthers, who were in need of a veteran presence and boost to their tight end core behind Dante Rosario and Jeff King. The Panthers have more issues than just tight ends though as currently their quarterback situations is in flux.
The signing has not been officially confirmed by the Panthers or the NFL at the time of this writing but Shockey spilled the beans through his twitter account this afternoon.
"Looks like I’m signing with Carolina. Time for the Next chapter. This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season."
It’s clear that Shockey wanted to get under contract with a team before the current end to the league year and expiration of the current CBA agreement, both of which end today March 3rd. The potential of a lockout is high and without a new CBA in place players cannot be signed to contracts by any team.