The NFL and the players’ union may not ink a new contract by March 3, but free-agent tight end Jeremy Shockey has every intention of doing so.
Per a league source, Shockey plans to sign with a new team before the expiration of the current league year, and in turn the possible commencement of a lockout.
At this point, however, no deal is imminent with the two teams that have shown interest in Shockey: the Dolphins and the Panthers. Even though Shockey has said he’d like to play for the Dolphins, we’re told that Shockey prefers the Panthers because of the presence of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who worked at the University of Miami while Shockey played there.
Shockey was recently cut by the Saints. Before spending three seasons in New Orleans, he spent six with the Giants.