Panthers Lock Up QB Delhomme Until 2014 Season

As reported by, the Carolina Panthers have signed Jake Delhomme to a 5 year extension worth $42.5 million with $20 million guaranteed.

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jake Delhomme to a five-year extension that keeps the quarterback under contract through the 2014 season.

While details weren’t immediately available Thursday,’s Steve Wyche reports the deal to be worth $42.5 million, with $20 million guaranteed. The move also clears needed salary-cap space for the Panthers.

The extension comes just over three months after Delhomme had the worst game of his 11-year NFL career, throwing five interceptions and losing a fumble in the Panthers’ 33-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoffs. But Panthers coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney had expressed strong support for Delhomme, who has been the team’s starter since 2002.

The move also gives Carolina some breathing room under the salary cap, which is weighed down by defensive end Julius Peppers‘ franchise-tag tender worth $16.7 million over one year.

The Real Reasons We Failed In ’08

Last season was going great, we had our 2 headed rushing attack, Felix Jones was turning out to be a huge asset, T.O. was behaving, everything was good in Dallas… and then we had to go to Arizona. 

Matt McBriar our punter who was always putting our defense in great field position with his great punting, went down in Arizona with a broken foot. Most people do not know the effect a great punter can have on a football game. Instead of the ball being put down inside the 10 or 15 yard line teams were now getting the ball on the 30 and 35 yard line thats a 20 yard difference. 

Felix Jones, our future star running back, went down with a hamstring injury. Now we all love Marion Barber and believe he is one of the best in the entire league, but without a back to take some of the load off, his contributions drop considerably. Jones added a speed factor that just was not there with any other back we had on the roster.

Tony Romo also went down in the Arizona game. A broken pinky finger on his throwing hand and it is safe to say seeing how Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger performed, we were not prepared in the least bit. Romo is more than a QB he is a playmaker. Yes he makes mistakes, but he wins games. Brad and Brooks put our offense in handcuffs and held our team hostage for 4 weeks.