The official start to the NFL's 2013 season is slated to begin March 12 and teams have been in the process of making roster moves to get under the league salary cap and scout the incoming draft class to find the players who will make a difference over the next few seasons.
The Carolina Panthers have been no different, as they have made roster moves in the form of releasing or signing players and restructuring contracts. One of the issues they are facing this offseason is who will back up Cam Newton.
While the man backing up the starting quarterback generally lacks the skills that the starter possesses, there may come a time when he is called upon to guide his team. Such times come as the result of injury or a subpar performance. Carolina fans need to look no further than the 2003 season when a man by the name of Jake Delhomme took over after halftime of Week 1 against Jacksonville.
He not only spearheaded the Panthers' comeback from a large deficit in that game but led Carolina to a magical season that ended in a thrilling Super Bowl appearance.
While that may not be the case this year, it would benefit the Panthers to have a quarterback who can keep Carolina in games and maintain the offense's effectiveness. The Panthers could explore a plethora of options: retaining one of their current backup quarterbacks, sign one in free agency or draft one.
Here is a list of of possible quarterbacks the Panthers could pursue prior to the start of the new season.