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March 25, 2009

Panthers in contract talks with Delhomme

   DANA POINT, Calif. – The Carolina Panthers are talking to quarterback Jake Delhomme’s agent about a possible contract extension, but both sides say it’s too early to say whether a new deal will be reached.

   Delhomme, 34, is in the final year of his contract and is scheduled to count more than $11 million against the Panthers’ salary cap next season. The team could significantly reduce his 2009 cap number – perhaps by as much as 50 percent – with a multi-year extension.

   Wednesday was the first day either side has confirmed the contract talks.

   “There are discussions,” coach John Fox said at the NFL owners’ meetings. “It’s always ongoing. There is no question we’ve got a commitment to Jake. Whether that comes to fruition with a contract (extension), I can’t say.”

   Delhomme’s agent, Rick Smith, said the uncertainty of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement factors into the situation. Unless a CBA extension is reached, the 2010 season is scheduled to be played without a salary cap, without a lockout of players by team owners possible before the 2011 season.

   “Marty (Hurney, Carolina’s general manager) and I talk every week,” said Smith. “We talk abut a lot of different concepts. Ultimately, they would like to get something done. We’re always talking about different things. Whether or not something will happen, I don’t know.”

   The Panthers’ firm commitment to Delhomme as their starting quarterback comes despite increased criticism from fans following his six-turnover performance in Carolina’s 33-13 home playoff loss to Arizona on Jan. 10.

   “Sometimes today’s headlines aren’t the right things (on which to base) a big decision,” said Fox. “Jake had games like that during the season. He didn’t have an especially great game at Tampa. He didn’t have an especially great game out in Oakland. I think that can be said for any quarterback in the National Football League.

   “So when you’re a decision-maker, you can’t let the emotion of that one outing blur the big picture … I wholeheartedly appreciate what fans say, and the critics. But I think he had a bad game; he’s not a bad quarterback.”

   Delhomme’s 80 starts at quarterback are a Carolina team record. He has led the Panthers to a Super Bowl, two NFC championship games and three playoff appearances, compiling a 5-3 postseason record. He is the franchise leader in passing attempts, completions, touchdown passes and 300-yard passing performances.


   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 25, 2009 at 02:41 PM | Permalink


Jake is a good quarterback, and he did have a bad game against Arizona. Ok, he had a terrible game. Ok, it was one of the worst performances I've ever seen on a football field. But, he's a big part of this team being successful, and has the opportunity to redeem himself this year and take the Panthers deep in the playoffs. I don't know about a contract extension though, maybe another year after this season? I think the Panthers should focus on bringing in a young QB and developing them this season and allow him to learn the system under Jake.

Posted by: Panthers Super Fan | Mar 25, 2009 3:01:15 PM

I love Jake!! He has been the Panthers best QB ever. My prayer is that he does great this season and shuts all the nay sayers up!I have loved him since day 1.He is a great leader for this team! We need to support the WHOLE team good days and bad!

Posted by: jill | Mar 25, 2009 3:04:27 PM


Posted by: SKINS 1 | Mar 25, 2009 3:19:39 PM

No extension unless we win a SuperBowl. That's the only way...

Posted by: Willz | Mar 25, 2009 3:20:31 PM

Extend him a few more years and spread out his salary. Then either start prepping Matt Moore or draft the future.

Posted by: TP | Mar 25, 2009 3:36:03 PM

jake a great leader?? Some leader who repeatedly hangs his WRs out to dry. Its amazing he hasn't gotten smitty or moose seriously hurt b/c he never hits them in stride...

Posted by: we need a new qb | Mar 25, 2009 3:42:23 PM

jake a great leader?? Some leader who repeatedly hangs his WRs out to dry. Its amazing he hasn't gotten smitty or moose seriously hurt b/c he never hits them in stride...

Posted by: we need a new qb | Mar 25, 2009 3:42:24 PM

I think the extension is a "cap management" move more so than a "reward" move.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 25, 2009 3:46:11 PM

Fox said... “So when you’re a decision-maker, you can’t let the emotion of that one outing blur the big picture". BUT, as the "decision-maker", Fox left Jake on the field to burn at the stake, showing the world that when Jake chokes he chokes all the way. And the decision to leave Jake on the field was the biggest choke of the game (against Arizona). We need a change at both positions! Come on, let's quit fooling ourselves.

Posted by: steven mcconnell | Mar 25, 2009 3:50:10 PM

Jake is horrible, one bad game my foot.We need another Qb in here asap,jake's favorite play is to throw the ball in the air and hope smitty comes down with the ball.Fox you need to wake up and see whats going on jakes time has passed,time for a new Qb to take over this team.

Posted by: truthbtold4 | Mar 25, 2009 3:54:24 PM

Hate to burst your bubble pal but you don't get rid of the head coach and starting quarterback of a 12-4 football team.

Posted by: Justin | Mar 25, 2009 4:01:57 PM

21 turnovers in only 448 pass attempts. Horrible turnover to pass attempt ratio for a QB that is asked to manage the game and make some play action passes. I agree with Chris that this is more a cap management move rather than a "reward” Fox and Hurney have both been overly loyal to Gohomme over the last six years. Yea he is probably the best we've got, but then again who has been brought in to compete??? Nobody. The only QB drafted during Gohomme's time here was Stefan LeFores (sp?). The only credible free agent was Carr and he was damaged goods from his beating in Houston. Plus when has there ever been a true QB competition in training camp?? Never. Fox has always named Gohomme as the starter during each offseason before training camp even starts. For all of the good personnel moves Hurney and Fox have made the last few years they have ignored the most important position on the entire team, the quarterback. It’s time to put Joke Gohomme out to pasture with his race horses.

Posted by: J Thomas | Mar 25, 2009 4:02:31 PM

Jake is good QB but not great.Just like Gross and Peppers.

Posted by: john | Mar 25, 2009 4:09:51 PM

A 17-4 football team with a new head coach and quarterback. Imagine Shanahan and Cutler in their place.

Posted by: steven mcconnell | Mar 25, 2009 4:14:11 PM

I like Jake, he is a solid QB on a running team. One thing that irritates me are people who keep saying all he does is throw it up to Smith and pray that he catches it. Isn't that his job, to put it in a place where only his guy can catch it? One word for most Cats fans... SPOILED. You can't have a top 5 guy at each position and this year we had a couple (#34 and #89). I can't believe I'm reading comments that we should fire Fox and get rid of Jake. We went 12-4. Tied for best record in franchise history. STFU!!!! This sense of entitlement is appalling. What about the games that Jake came up clutch in(San Diego, Gren Bay, New Orleans)? QBs don't grow on trees, replacing #17 would be/ will be much more painful than you think.

Posted by: Rico | Mar 25, 2009 4:29:30 PM

Green Bay was won by the huge, unbelievable catch by Smith of the horribly thrown pass into double coverage. The Saints game in New Orleans was won by the huge, unbelievable catch by Smith of the horribly thrown pass into triple coverage, in addition to the left foot of Kasey. There was another deep catch by Smith in that game that was thrown behind him and into double coverage that Smith was able to take away from the defender. Gohomme is not solid for what he is asked to do. Manage the game, complete the play action pass, and protect the football. 21 turnovers in only 448 pass attempts. Worst turnover to pass attempt ratio in the NFL last season.
Panther fans don't want a top 5 player at each position just a player who doesn't hurt the team at it's most important position, quarterback.

Posted by: J Thomas | Mar 25, 2009 4:42:58 PM

Giving Jake an extension is very smart. Fox is right, he had several bad games this year but he's not a bad QB. He's also the friggin' leader of this team. That being said, the Panther's have to start looking to the future.
I'll preface the next few paragraphs by saying I'm not drunk. McCown and Moore have ability, but their not franchise material. Matt Stafford, on the other hand, would look awful good in Carolina Blue. Critics say he couldn't win against Florida but neither could Peyton and he's been pretty good. Stafford's gonna be the man and he's not even 21 yet.
So how the heck are the Panther's going to select Matt Stafford with a late second rounder? They're not, they're gonna select him with the #1 pick in the draft. Bare with me here.
The #1 pick isn't what it used to be. It's extremely expensive and with all the early busts that have occurred through the years, it's quite a risky investment. The #1 pick will fetch a whopping $35 to $40 million guaranteed. So here's my crazy trade:
Denver trades Cutler to Detroit for the #1. The Lions sign Cutler to a Matt Ryan contract so he's happy. They'd rather give that money to Cutler than an unproven rookie.
With the first pick, Denver can't select a QB because that would be essentially trading QB for QB and the relentless comparions would be deadly to the front office and the rookie. Not to mention, they're paying big money to a rookie. So they trade the #1 for a marque player who happens to be their biggest need, DE Peppers. But Denver still needs QBs. They're not going to want Jake's huge salary so why not throw in Matt Moore for sweetner. The Panthers are now on the clock for the #1 pick in the draft. There is no consensus #1 this year but the upside is greatest in Stafford. The Panthers could let him sit next year while Jake gives it one more go and then we usher in the Matt Stafford era.
So, why don't we just trade for Cutler? Because next year is Jake's and Cutler ain't sitting on no bench. Besides, I don't think they want his drama...Now, where's that beer?

Posted by: gradyhog | Mar 25, 2009 4:52:15 PM

Jake Delhomme is a below average starting quarterback, and the sooner the Panthers replace him with someone more consistent, the better off they'll be. That said, an extension doesn't necessarily mean that the team won't make a change behind center for 2010, it simply provides them with necessary cap room to flesh out the 2009 roster. It's a no-brainer as long as Rick Smith doesn't demand too much bonus money added to the contract.

Posted by: Collin | Mar 25, 2009 4:52:52 PM

Jake is a mediocre quarterback, always has been, always will be. The Panthers, the city of Charlotte and the Carolinas deserve better. We win championships in North Carolina.

Posted by: Jonathan Sink | Mar 25, 2009 4:56:23 PM

Clearly, Hurney also wants out of Carolina. Sticking with Jake the Fake will no doubt get him and Foxy fired.

Posted by: A. Wang | Mar 25, 2009 4:59:18 PM

Jake looked terible all last season. If you didn't notice it, you were wearing blinders.
Fox also should be on the bubble. What a disaster of a coaching performance in the playoff game!!

Posted by: Bob | Mar 25, 2009 5:07:31 PM

Jake looked awful all of last season. If you didn't notice it, you were wearing blinders.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 25, 2009 5:10:32 PM

I can not wait until the day they fire Hurney. What kind of idiot does not anticapte the situation he has put this team in. The team as only gotten worst in the offseason with free agency and will continue to get worst. Add a unhappy punk like Peppers in the locker room, and you have 4-12 season. 2010, REBUILDING YEAR

Posted by: DUMBO | Mar 25, 2009 5:16:53 PM

Jake gets an extension when he wins a super bowl. We already have a high cap figure as it is. We need to restructure his contract only for another year. He is no green horn. We need to start planning for the future.

Posted by: Zach | Mar 25, 2009 5:34:09 PM

he better restructure because the reward would be adding holt to the team

Posted by: gomer pyle | Mar 25, 2009 5:53:29 PM

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