Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood, Antoine Cason


No longer asleep at the wheel, the Panthers have added another target to Carolina's paper-thin cast of wide receivers.

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One day after signing veteran Jerricho Cotchery, the team has agreed to a deal with Tiquan Underwood, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

Underwood spent the past two seasons with the Buccaneers, starting a combined 10 games and averaging 26 catches and 432.5 yards per year during his two campaigns in Tampa Bay. His four touchdowns in 2013 were a career high, and he's a solid bet to make a roster headlined at receiver by the underwhelming Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King -- and the aging Cotchery.

The Panthers have failed to fill in the void left by the released Steve Smith, but adding DeSean Jackson to the mix would serve as an instant game-changer.

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman has interest in potentially crafting a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for the lightning-quick wideout, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, but he's not alone. The New York Jets and Oakland Raiders also loom as potential suitors for Jackson, one of the league's premier deep threats.

UPDATE: The Panthers later confirmed Underwood's signing and also announced they inked cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down DeSean Jackson trade rumors and tries to figure out who will be next year's Michael Bennett (or Brent Grimes).