You may have heard, Carolina cut Chris Weinke this week. But at least he got a good job recommendation on the way out: "(Weinke) has done everything we've asked,"’ general manager Marty Hurney said. "He's competitive. He gets along with everybody here. This was a hard one."
A victim of the salary cap, Chris was earning a sweet 800k per season to backup Jake Delhomme. The 34-year-old Weinke, Carolina's fourth-round draft pick in 2001, started 15 games his rookie season when Carolina went 1-15. He was replaced by Rodney Peete at the beginning of the 2002 season, and Delhomme became the full-time starter a year later.
Last season Weinke made his first start in more than four years in place of the injured Delhomme. He threw for a team-record 423 yards, but had three second-half interceptions. He also was undone by drops and a nonexistent running game.
The Panthers beat writer for the Charlotte Observer had this catty farewell to Chris.