There is a segment of the Panthers fan-base that's irate with Jake Delhomme and ready to replace him with just about anybody. But the reality is, the Panthers QB depth chart is likely to look extremely familiar next year.
I say this because of something Brett Basanez mentioned the other day, as he was packing his stuff to go to Chicago. (Actually, he had just gotten back from working out at Nations Ford High School, where he was working with some of the players there on some passing drills.)
Basanez said the Panthers offered him a contract before he chose the clean slate offered by his hometown Bears. From the Panthers perspective, that would have brought back the top four spots on the depth chart from last season. If they were serious about bringing in a challenger for the top job, would they have bothered clogging up the works by trying to bring last year's practice-squadder back?
Delhomme, Josh McCown and Matt Moore are all under contract through 2009. And personally, I think it's more likely Delhomme gets an extension this offseason than shown the door.
We'll see, but all those folks wondering about Matt Cassell or Derek Anderson or whatever "next best thing," they see in the draft shouldn't hold their breath.