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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."
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."