Will Delhomme return to Carolina next season?

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tampa Bay is no longer the lone NFC South team expected to be looking for a quarterback this offseason.

With his woeful performance Saturday night, Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme made Tarvaris Jackson look like Bart Starr.

In fact, the five interceptions Delhomme threw Saturday night were two more than Starr threw in his entire postseason career that consisted of 213 passing attempts. With his 39.1 passer rating (which seemed more like 0.0), Delhomme now is in the conversation for the worst game ever by a quarterback in a big spot.

Now the question becomes what will happen to Delhomme, especially considering that he carries a team-high $11 million salary-cap figure for next season. If the Panthers release Delhomme, they would save a whopping $6.325 million against next season’s salary cap — perhaps enough to pursue another quarterback such as Cleveland’s Derek Anderson or even Michael Vick.

It will be challenging for Carolina and its fans to trust Delhomme after Saturday night’s divisional playoff loss.

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