Today I am a very happy Panthers fan. Finally, the Carolina Panthers have come to an agreement with quarterback Jake Delhomme on a five-year, $42.5 million contract, potentially keeping Delhomme in Carolina through 2014.
In a draft where the Panthers have no first-round pick, and have basically had a very stale free agency period, keeping Delhomme was the best possible choice.
The rumors of making a trade with Denver to acquire disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler fell through, and with that the Panthers are still holding onto a potential ace with Julius Peppers on draft day.
Aside from the lack of offseason commotion, the Panthers are in good shape to make another run at the playoffs and Super Bowl in 2009.
As everything stands, the Panthers are returning 21 of last year's 22 starters, minus former cornerback Ken Lucas.
I also look forward to seeing Delhomme prove the nay-sayers wrong when he performs just as well if not better than he did last season.
To complement Delhomme and his receivers of Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, and Dwayne Jarrett, the Panthers have that awesome duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in the running game.
I predict this will be the first year in John Fox's tenure as the Panthers' head coach that the team will finish above .500 at either 10-6 or 11-5, while making it to the playoffs.