Rivera, Hurney send mixed signals on Shockey’s intentions

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For the most part, the coaches and General Managers gathered in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine have avoided creating any controversy.  So far.  (Then again, the night is young.)

That said, Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera raised some eyebrows with conflicting remarks regarding the future of tight end Jeremy Shockey.

According to the Associated Press, Rivera said that Shockey had discussed the possibility of retiring after the 2011 season.  Hurney, in contrast, said that the team has “gotten no indication that Jeremy’s considering retirement at this point.”

Either way, Shockey will be an unrestricted free agent on March 13.  For him to remain with the Panthers, both sides have to want the relationship to continue.

A 10-year veteran, Shockey starter 13 games for the Panthers in 2011, his first season with the team.  He caught 37 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns.