Panthers Dim the Lights on Jake Delhomme Era

The tenure of seven-year quarterback Jake Delhomme will come to an end in Carolina later on Friday, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Originally, Panthers’ GM Marty Hurney stated the quarterback job was up for grabs, leading everyone to believe the competition would be between fourth year quarterback Matt Moore and Delhomme. However, Hurney never made mention of exactly who the competition would be between.

Delhomme’s struggles began during the 2008 Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals, when he turned the ball over six times.

2009 was no better for Jake, as his 18 interceptions eclipsed his eight touchdown passes for a meager passer rating of 59.4.

Per Charles Chandler of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers will honor Delhomme at a press conference later today.

I do like the move made by the Panthers, even though it leaves the team with only two quarterbacks on the roster; Moore and Hunter Cantwell. This will definitely leave the door open for talks of Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, and any other quarterback in the free agent market or on the trading block.

On Friday, Carolina placed the highest level tender on Moore at first- and third-round compensation. When Moore does sign his one-year offer sheet, he will make just over $3 million in 2010.

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  • Mike

    Even though he’s been released, they’ll still have to pay him 12 million in bonus money. Jake has one of the best agents in the world

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Yeah, they can’t get away from the money they guaranteed him, though it will get paid out in increments over a three-year period. Still worth moving on without him.

  • Mike

    Did you see the press conference, tears were flowing. Cry Me A River

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Understandable. The organization handled the situation the best way possible and with a lot of class.

      Are yours feelings of resentment perhaps?

  • matt

    this is bull shit jake was the man. im so pissed

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Matt, you have to realize what the Panthers were facing, though. In an uncapped year, they could make this move without suffering a salary cap penalty. It was as much a move to get out of what they would have had to pay him when a new CBA is agreed upon, as it was to move ahead in a new direction. Both sides knew it was time, and that’s the nature of the business. It’s not always what we want, but changes happen all the time.

      What more did you realistically expect from Jake? Time to move on.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Phil

    Jake produced some good memories and some successes.. will never forget him leading the panthers to a comeback victory against the jaguars back in 2003. Will never forget the comeback he was involved with against chargers about a couple years ago. And of course the playoffs of the 2003-2004 season.

    I wish him well. He was a good ambassador for the panthers.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Well said, Phil. I am in agreement with you.

  • Robert

    Carolina has to be one if not the dumbest team in the league. They have no qb. they let go of delhomme which was a good move cuz hes washed up. Moore doesnt have enough experience to be a good qb. If they do not draft a qb in this years draft, i will laugh at the panthers. they need a qb bad. they also are losing most of their talent by releasing them which makes no sense. Im waiting to see how this year turns out for the panthers.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      You might be laughing at yourself, Robert. It’s unfair to place judgement against Matt Moore, when he’s barely been given the opportunity to start, especially since he did well when he was given the opportunity to start.

      The Panthers do need to address the empty slot behind Moore at QB through free agency or a trade, because I believe that by the second-round, they’ll be—at least they should be—looking to draft a receiver, unless they can address that need during free agency, as well.

      Other than Julius Peppers, the Panthers really didn’t lose any talent…They especially didn’t lose most of their talent, as you say. Don’t forget, we have a lot of young talent that’s up-and-coming, which was drafted. Corvey Irvin, Tank Tyler, Everette Brown, Charles Johnson, Nick Hayden, James Anderson, Dan Connor, and Derek Landri. Also added to the roster was Ed Johnson, who I think will do a fine job replacing Kemoeatu. He’s been in the Meeks system before, and he’ll do fine.

      Take a step back and look at who we lost. Aging veterans on the back end of their contracts; Kemo coming off an Achilles’ surgery, and all role players. Re-signing them would do nothing but overvalue their worth. The Panthers made the right moves yesterday, and They’ll take the same approach to fill their needs in the coming months. It’s a long time until training camp.

      The more personnel the Panthers are able to bring into the system whom they feel might fit into the system, the better, as it will alleviate more areas of need come draft day. We’ll wait and see what happens in the meantime.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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