A bad game in the playoffs in which he threw five picks in a 33-13 loss to the Cardinals was not enough to stop the Panthers from giving quarterback Jake Delhomme a five-year deal on Thursday worth a reported $42.5 million. The deal will keep the 34-year-old QB likely in Carolina for the remainder of his pro career.
“It’s all about being able to know that I can finish my career here in Carolina,” Delhomme said. “That’s what I’ve wanted, all I’ve ever wanted.” The deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money and clears much needed salary-cap space for Carolina. Delhomme was to count for more than $10 million under the cap next season in the final year of his deal.
From the day after the season was over, the Panthers had stated that Delhomme was to stay as their starting QB, and even with a couple of other QB’s that could have been had in the draft, the team seemed more than happy to keep Delhomme as their starter.
“We all know last year was a good year that ended terribly,” Delhomme said. “Nobody was more disappointed than I was for not putting my team in a position to win. That’s something I’ve always tried to pride myself on. … Why it happened I don’t know. But it did and certainly things weren’t good for a while.”