A team official said the Panthers remain in contact with Shockey’s agent and the tight end has told the team he wants to play another season. No deal is imminent but the two sides are keeping an open dialogue.
For the record, “the snitch’’ on this was not Warren Sapp.
Shockey, 31, joined the Panthers last season. Although Shockey produced a career-low 37 catches, the Panthers believe he’s a perfect complement to Greg Olsen, the team’s top pass-catching tight end. There were previous reports that Shockey had told the New York Giants he was interested in playing for them. That’s where Shockey began his career before being traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2008. There have no indications the Giants have any interest in bringing Shockey back.