Pittsburgh Steelers free-agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery was expected to arrive in Charlotte on Monday evening and begin meeting with the Panthers.

Cotchery will have a lot more leverage than he did when he set up the visit.

Former Green Bay Packers wideout James Jones – who had talked to the Panthers – agreed to a three-year deal with Oakland on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Jones made a public pitch for Carolina on Sunday, telling ESPN’s Josina Anderson he wanted to come to Charlotte and play with Cam Newton. It looks like it might have been a negotiating ploy.

Meanwhile, the free-agent receiving market continues to dwindle – troubling news for a Panthers team that lost its top four wideouts from 2013.

Besides Cotchery, 31, who caught a career-high 10 touchdowns last season, the list of available wideouts includes Sidney Rice, Santonio Holmes, Miles Austin, Kenny Britt and Jacoby Ford.

A league source said the Panthers have shown interest in Britt, who is scheduled to visit the Redskins after previous stops at St. Louis and New England. Britt, 25, could be a value signing after an abysmal 2013.

But the Panthers traditionally have avoided players with a history of off-the-field issues such as Britt, who has been arrested eight times since joining the NFL as Tennessee’s first-round pick in 2009.

Another receiver to keep an eye on is San Francisco free-agent Mario Manningham, who is familiar with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman from their time together with the Giants.

Despite coming off two disappointing seasons with the 49ers, there apparently still is a market for Manningham, 27. He was scheduled to visit with the Giants on Monday, according to Schefter.