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.