Panthers' Shockey wants to see rebuilding process through

After stints with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints that were marked by occasional periods of volatile behavior, veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey finally has found a place he can call home.

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Shockey signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Carolina Panthers this offseason and said Monday he'd like to sign a contract extension and continue to play a role in the team's rebuilding process.

"You see people grow and you know it's going to be a special team. You want to be a part of that," Shockey told the Charlotte Observer. "You were here when new coaches came and developed. You don't want to be somewhere else because you put so much hard work in and you've seen people grow. And the only thing it's going to do is get better and better."

The 31-year-old Shockey has 23 receptions for 292 yards and a touchdown this season, but more important, he's played in all eight games for the Panthers after enduring three injury-plagued seasons with the Saints.

Shockey told the Observer contract talks have not begun yet with the Panthers and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, but money will not be the focal point of the negotiations.

"Like I said before to the coaches, Ron (Rivera) and Rob (Chudzinski), I didn't come here for the money. I'm coming here to be comfortable," Shockey said. "Chud looks at me as family. I've known him since college days. You just see some great people in here."

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