Panthers sign 43-year-old Testaverde to back up Carr

The Carolina Panthers, desperate for a backup quarterback with Jake Delhomme out for the season and David Carr banged up, signed Testaverde to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Testaverde, the No. 1 overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 1987 draft, practiced in his familiar No. 16 jersey Wednesday. Joining his sixth franchise, Testaverde has played in 226 games with 208 starts. He was cut by New England before the start of the season.

“We decided he was our best option,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “He brings experience. He throws the ball extremely well. He’s a fierce competitor. It seems like he’ll be an extremely good fit for us.”

Testaverde will provide insurance behind Carr, who became the Panthers’ No. 1 QB on Monday when the team announced Delhomme would have season-ending elbow surgery.

But Testaverde could be a candidate to start Sunday’s game at Arizona. Carr, who suffered a back injury in Carolina’s win over New Orleans, missed practice Wednesday. Matt Moore, an undrafted rookie who played briefly Sunday when Carr was being treated, is the only other quarterback on the roster.


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