Two years ago the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South and were well on their way to making a splash in the playoffs. Then disaster struck when QB Jake Delhomme had one of the worst games of his career in that playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite that, he got a huge deal that offseason, only this past year to have his worst career as the Panthers QB, and as free agency starts, the season has cost him his spot on the teams roster. The Panthers have released Delhomme, opening the door to either go after a QB or to give the starting job to young QB Matt Moore.
Delhomme’s agent, Rick Smith, confirmed the move and said Delhomme would wait until Friday to talk to reporters. General manager Marty Hurney didn’t respond to numerous messages seeking comment. Entering the 2009 season, the Panthers committed to Delhomme giving him a new deal in which he’s still owed more than $12.5 million in guaranteed money.
Delhomme had no legitimate competition in training camp, but then had a miserable 2009 season. After throwing a career-high 18 interceptions, Delhomme was sidelined with a broken finger.
Now the 35-year-old Delhomme is out of work, ending his career in Carolina with a 58-40 record as a starter that included a trip to the Super Bowl and an appearance in the NFC championship game after the 2005 season.