Hurney, Rivera differ on Shockey’s future

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Jeremy Shockey has considered

retiring and that is news to Carolina’s general manager.

Marty Hurney says, ”We’ve gotten no indication that Jeremy’s

considering retirement at this point,” adding that, ”it’s

ultimately a question for Jeremy but all indications we are getting

is that he wants to play.”

That contradicts what Rivera said earlier Thursday at the NFL

Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Rivera created a stir when he

said Shockey had talked about the possibility of retiring after the

2011 season.

Shockey, an unrestricted free agent, is one of the few question

marks the Panthers have entering the offseason.

Shockey’s agent Drew Rosenhaus did not return phone calls

seeking comment.

Shockey signed a one-year, $4 million in 2011.