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Re: The 2009 NFL Season of Disarray..
« Reply #1320 on: March 05, 2010, 07:09:09 PM »
Jake Delhomme is Gone!! :o :o
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme walked into the interview room with red eyes and sunglasses in his hand, joking that his allergies were bad.

He started crying before he could get a word out.

Acknowledging he was "blindsided" by his release, Delhomme on Friday vowed his career wasn't over in an emotional day that marked the end of an era and left his former bosses in tears, too.

"Six of my seven years playing here have been outstanding. It's been a great run," Delhomme said in between sniffles. "I'm leaving with no animosity whatsoever."

A few hours earlier, general manager Marty Hurney choked up while calling it the toughest decision he's ever made. Coach John Fox welled up with tears while pleading with fans to remember the good moments.

It was something hardly anyone could've anticipated a year earlier, when the Panthers gave the only quarterback to lead the franchise to the Super Bowl a lucrative contract extension. But after one miserable season, the 35-year-old Delhomme was sent packing despite still being owed more than $12.5 million in guaranteed money.

Jake Delhomme threw 23 interceptions in his final 12 games for the Panthers, including a career-high 18 in 2009.
The reason to go with upstart Matt Moore as the starter came down to this: a career-high 18 interceptions in 2009, and 23 in Delhomme's final 12 games.

"I was blindsided, I will say that," Delhomme said. "I think the main reason was I think everybody knows the contract and monetarily those things that went along with it.

"When I got a call yesterday that I needed to call Foxy I thought it was more so that, 'We're going with Matt and you're going to be the backup.' ... But they wanted to go in another direction. It's probably for the best."

And just like that the Louisiana native who toiled as a backup in NFL Europe before bursting onto the scene in Carolina was out of work. After a 58-40 record as a starter over seven seasons, a stunning one-year decline ended his time in Charlotte.

But Delhomme said he's "not ready to go home and play with the horses just yet," and said his agent had already started talking to teams.

"He's done some great things for this team. Two [NFC] championship games, a Super Bowl, all those comeback victories," Fox said. "I'm not sure I've had any more respect for an NFL football player than Jake Delhomme."

The Panthers also released defensive tackles Damione Lewis and Maake Kemoeatu, and linebackers Na'il Diggs and Landon Johnson in the start of a youth movement.

None of those moves, however, resonated around these parts like releasing Delhomme.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and this is me," Delhomme said, tears flowing. "And the reason it's emotional and you walk in here and all the faces and the relationships you have with guys through the good and the bad. That's what you're going to miss. ... We did some good things here."

Delhomme led Carolina to the 2003 Super Bowl, the 2005 NFC championship, made the Pro Bowl, recovered from reconstructive elbow surgery in 2007 and holds nearly every franchise passing record.

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But Delhomme began a quick demise in the 2008 playoffs. After helping Carolina to a 12-4 record and the NFC South title, Delhomme threw five interceptions and lost a fumble in an ugly 38-13 home loss to Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Undeterred, the Panthers gave Delhomme a contract extension last spring and brought in no legitimate competition in training camp. Then Delhomme threw four more interceptions and lost a fumble in Carolina's Week 1 loss to Philadelphia.

It was then that his confidence waned.

"When I play I try to sling it around. I wasn't doing that last year," he said. "I was trying not to make the mistake. I don't play that way."

It only got worse, and Carolina was 4-7 when Delhomme broke a finger on his throwing hand. Moore relieved him and threw eight touchdown passes and two interceptions as the Panthers won four of their last five games to finish 8-8.

The Panthers on Wednesday gave the 25-year-old Moore the highest restricted free-agent tender of $3.04 million for one season. The next day, Delhomme was let go instead of having him return as a backup.

"I was taught a long time ago that you have to make the right decision at that time for your football team," Hurney said. "And we just came to the decision that it was time. I think when you come to that decision, that's when you make it."

Fox wouldn't say if they'll pursue another veteran quarterback to add depth. The Panthers will also likely have an entirely new defensive line after releasing Lewis and Kemoeatu, who was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

Hurney said Dan Connor and James Anderson would likely compete for Diggs' old starting job.

"Sometimes you have to force yourself to give those guys that opportunity and that experience," Hurney said. "We wouldn't do these things without those players there."

Delhomme said he couldn't make eye contact with several longtime employees while sitting on the podium Friday because he would break down. The horse owner also vowed his heart will always be with the first franchise that gave him a chance to start.

"My horse racing silks have a Panther blue and black football. I'm not changing my silks," Delhomme said. "I'm always going to be a Carolina Cajun."

And Peppers is with Da Bears?!
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Julius Peppers and the Chicago Bears finalized a six-year deal to bring the top free agent in 2010 to Chicago, and the defensive end feels he hit a home-run with his new deal.

According to sources, the contract totals $91.5 million and has $42 million in guarantees. Over the first three years of the contract, Peppers will make $40.5 million, but the number could be more if he makes the Pro Bowl, records a certain number of sacks or is Defensive Player of the Year.

Peppers and his representatives, according to a source, believe his contract compares favorably with the seven-year, $100 million contract Albert Haynesworth received last year from the Washington Redskins.

 The Bears have made no secret of their willingness to pay a premium price for the best available players at their respective positions, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog

Peppers received $18.2 million from the Carolina Panthers for last season. He turned down a four-year, $54 million contract offer from the Panthers last year.

Peppers has the potential to make close to $110 million in the seven-year period between 2009 and 2016.

"The guy's a monster, he's an animal," Bears defensive end Alex Brown said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He's the biggest guy and fastest guy I think I've ever seen.

"He's as gifted as [linebacker Brian] Urlacher, I think. He's just about 30 pounds heavier. He's unbelievable."

The 6-foot-7, 283-pound Peppers is a five-time Pro Bowler who recorded 10.5 sacks with two interceptions and five forced fumbles last season.

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Re: The 2009 NFL Season of Disarray..
« Reply #1321 on: March 05, 2010, 07:39:12 PM »
Looks like the Panthers know it's time to turn the page; too many turnovers. Besides, I think they believe Matt Moore is the real deal.

Another interesting development:

Cardinals Trade Anquan Boldin To Ravens

Maybe the best receiver they've had in years, if not ever.
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Re: The 2009 NFL Season of Disarray..
« Reply #1322 on: March 05, 2010, 07:42:12 PM »
The rumors are flying suddenly about Vick coming to the Panthers now yet nothing is posted yet.. :o


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Re: The 2009 NFL Season of Disarray..
« Reply #1323 on: March 06, 2010, 12:27:15 AM »
Looks like the Panthers know it's time to turn the page; too many turnovers. Besides, I think they believe Matt Moore is the real deal.

Another interesting development:

Cardinals Trade Anquan Boldin To Ravens

Maybe the best receiver they've had in years, if not ever.

I'm so excited about this as a Ravens fan.  With this move and the Stallworth pick up I really like the way our offense is shaping up for 2010.  Hope we can re-sign Derrick Mason and I still think we should get another receiver in the draft, especially if we can't get Mason back.  I'm praying Dez Bryant drops to us at 25 as the guy on NFL.com predicts but I doubt it.  If not, Arrelious Benn looks really good too.


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Re: The 2009 NFL Season of Disarray..
« Reply #1324 on: March 06, 2010, 05:40:22 AM »
And the Rams sign the quarterback of their dreams......A.J. Feeley.   

Methinks he will be the vet backup who mentors "the soon to be drafted" Sam Bradford.