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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Backing Quarterbacks

Chris Weinke ended a tumultuous relationship with the Panthers this week, having been released Tuesday. The former annointed starter - a misplaced beacon of hope in the disaster that had been the 2001 season - Weinke eventually earned a near-heroic backup status after helping save the Detroit game in 2005, a feat that earned him a new three year contract.

At the time I worried that the complacency Weinke showed by not looking to fight for a job was problematic, but took the status quo. 2006 showed a very shaken Weinke, as we all saw.

A year after re-signing, and three months after going from possible alternative to the only QB in the league that had to leave the field for third down, Weinke is done, possibly for his career.
Alternatives? The team brought in Marques Tuiasosopo, the former Raiders' 2nd round pick that's accomplished very little; he left without a contract despite desperately wanting a job anywhere. The team talked to Patrick Ramsey, former 1st rounder for the Redskins; he signed with Denver for 2 years, $5 million.
The only other moderately experienced option is former 49er and Buc Tim Rattay. Carolina saved only $800,000 with the release of Weinke.
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