Panthers still looking at needs beyond WR

As badly as the Carolina Panthers need help at wide receiver, as much concern as there is over Wednesday's ankle surgery on quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers have other needs that they continue to address.

Cornerback is one.

According to a media report out of New York, Giants free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas visited the Panthers on Tuesday.

Thomas became expendable in New York when the team signed Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of Denver.

He primarily is a slot corner. The Panthers lost their starter there when Captain Munnerlyn signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Beyond being familiar to Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman, who was with the Giants before last season, Thomas has a connection to Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.

Last season, Thomas returned to play for the first time after recovering from surgery to repair this third torn ACL. He missed the 2011 and 2012 season with ACL tears. He suffered the same injury in college at Southern Cal.

Two years ago, Davis became the first known player to tear his ACL three times and return to an NFL field. He had a career year this past season with 123 tackles and four sacks.

Thomas, 29, played in 16 games this past season, recording 67 tackles, an interception and a sack. He had 101 tackles and five interceptions in 2010 for the Giants.

The Panthers also have talked about bringing in San Diego free agent cornerback , according to a source. Cason played under Carolina coach Ron Rivera when Rivera was the defensive coordinator with the Chargers.

Also, the Panthers were scheduled to meet Wednesday with Arizona free-agent cornerback Antoine Cason, according to a source. Cason played under Carolina coach Ron Rivera when Rivera was the Chargers' defensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, the Panthers await word from Pittsburgh free-agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who concluded his visit on Tuesday. Cotchery is deciding between Carolina and a return to the Steelers. A decision is expected soon.