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Report: Panthers letting Delhomme go

3/4/2010

Told you I wasn’t sure Jake Delhomme would remain on Carolina’s roster.

FoxSports.com is reporting the Panthers will release Delhomme. Not a huge surprise. Although Delhomme took the Panthers to a Super Bowl and two NFC Championship Games, he had a disastrous 2009 season. He also previously had Tommy John elbow surgery.

Handing the team back to Delhomme would not have been a strong signal to the rest of the players from coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney. Although the pair hold Delhomme in high regard and may have attempted to convince him to retire, they ultimately felt they had to go in another direction.

The Panthers recently gave Matt Moore the highest tender for a restricted free agent. Moore went 4-1 as a starter after Delhomme was injured last season. But Moore remains something of an unproven commodity.

It’s likely the Panthers will pursue another quarterback through free agency to compete with Moore for the starting job. They also could draft a quarterback, but that’s likely to come in the middle or later rounds and a rookie would be more a project than a candidate to start immediately.