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Jeremy Shockey Signs With Carolina Panthers, Keeping The NFC South Tattoo-y

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey recently narrowed his search for a new team down to two: the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. Though he passed a physical with the Fins, today he announced via Facebook he'll be joining Carolina.

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For the Atlanta Falcons fan, here's what we get to see.

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A player who is capable of impacting games has slid across the NFC South from a Super Bowl champion to the worst team in the NFL. He's also left a town that was so very Shockey in so very many ways for ACC basketball country. From the Superdome to Bank of America Stadium: there's your story. So enjoy watching a division rival go extra hard against another.

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Whether Shockey will bring it, avoid injuries, and avoid being a distraction while working with a first-year head coach, a ill-reputation'd owner, and quite possibly a rookie quarterback remains to be seen. The Saints cut him because they had a younger, cheaper option in Jimmy Graham, while the Panthers need something, anything to translate into a reason to be excited for 2011 Panthers football.

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For more on the Panthers, visit Cat Scratch Reader.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.