Matt Moore Cashes In: Expected To Sign Tender With Panthers

Mike SpringerContributor IMarch 11, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers calls a play against the New Orleans Saints during the game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Just one week after being tendered by the Carolina Panthers, restricted free agent Matt Moore will accept the team's one-year, $3.043 million qualifying offer.

The four-year veteran who made under $500,000 last season, is expected to sign the deal either today or tomorrow, according to The Oregonian newspaper.

Moore is the favorite to start for the Panthers' in 2010, after veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme was released last week.

Moore took over as the starter late in 2009 for Delhomme, who was sidelined with a knuckle injury.

As a starter, Moore threw eight touchdowns, one interception and passed for just under 1,000 yards-leading the Panthers to an 8-8 record and a third-place finish in the NFC South.

The Panthers will bring in at least one more quarterback—either through free agency or the draft—to compete with Moore and second-year man Hunter Cantwell for the job.