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Jake Delhomme Feeling The Pressure

November 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme is feeling the pressure of having a very bad season and a very big contract.

After exhausting all other options, Jake Delhomme prepares to set himself on fire in a final attempt to spark the Carolina Panthers (katchop)

After exhausting all other options, Jake Delhomme prepares to set himself on fire in a final attempt to spark the Carolina Panthers (katchop)

The Observer obtained a copy of the contract, dated April 25 and signed by Delhomme and team owner Jerry Richardson. The deal did not include a 2009 pay increase over what Delhomme was previously scheduled to make, but did give him $12.675 million in new guarantees he’ll earn regardless of whether he remains with the team after this season.

The contract is formally a five-year extension including two option years, but is designed to convert next spring to a three-year, $25.5 million agreement expiring after the 2012 season. The $8.5 million annual average is barely more than half that of the highest-paid quarterback — Eli Manning’s $16.25 million with the New York Giants.

Seventeen of the league’s 32 starting quarterbacks currently have contracts averaging more than $9.4 million a year.

Like most figures announced immediately following the signing of new contracts, Delhomme’s were misleading. Initial reports in April indicated he’d signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal ($8.5 million average) with $20 million in guarantees.

According to the contract, the guarantees totaled $19 million, but $6.325 million of that came in 2009 pay he already was set to earn.

Original Photo: Yahoo.com/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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