The original news was that the Carolina Panthers cut veteran defensive tackle Damione Lewis, but it was changed to be about quarterback Jake Delhomme, who was released on the same day following Lewis. It had been expected that he would lose his starting job after his worst season as a pro last year, and being released was really a surprise.
One day ago, the Panthers said that they would like to keep quarterback Matt Moore in Panthers jersey for 2010 season but he may have to compete for the starting job. Since the team decided to release Delhomme, the quarterback Moore will have to compete with for the starting role must be someone new from the free agent market or draft pick. Bursting onto the scene in 2003 and leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl, Delhomme had been the team’s starting quarterback for years until last season after Moore replaced him to start in the final five games.
At the end of 2008 season, Panthers offered Delhomme a lucrative contract extension in hope that he would give better performance than committing six turnovers in a playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals. However, Delhomme only offered another six-turnover performance in a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and had a career-high 18 interceptions before being sidelined. Then Moore came on and had eight touchdown passes and only two interceptions as Carolina won four of its final five games. As a result of the different performance, the Panthers gave Moore the highest restricted free-agent tender of $3.043 million for one season on Wednesday while released Delhomme the next day.