Roundup: Fox thought Delhomme’s exit best for team

The Panthers felt it was time to part ways with Jake Delhomme after his injury and the rise of QB Mat Moore. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

Late last season, Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme sat with a broken knuckle and Matt Moore filled in for the 12-year veteran. Moore went 4-1 as the starter, and earlier this month the team released Delhomme, choosing to stick with the 25-year-old Moore.

At the NFL Annual Meeting earlier this week, Panthers coach John Fox told The Charlotte Observer it would have been unprecedented, not to mention uncomfortable for the rest of the team, to have his longtime starter suddenly backing up a relatively inexperienced QB:

    “When you’ve been loyal to a guy for (seven) years and you’ve got to show support for the (new) guy who’s starting, it’s hard to remain in that situation after (seven) years of loyalty.”

Other news making its way Around the Web on Saturday:

  • The San Jose Mercury News reports that 49ers director of player personnel Trent Baalke put an end to the rumors that the 49ers are interested in trading for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and endorsed Alex Smith as the team’s starting QB.
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