Testaverde Returning to NFL as Carr's Backup in Carolina
Vinny Testaverde has agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers to be their backup quarterback.
Testaverde will join the Panthers' new starter, David Carr, and undrafted rookie Matt Moore in the club's quarterback mix. Former starter Jake Delhomme is about to undergo season-ending elbow surgery.
Carr was knocked from last weekend's triumph over the New Orleans Saints by a back injury but returned to finish the game.
The Arizona Cardinals also were interested in signing the 43-year-old Testaverde, who will be playing in his 21st NFL season. But he told the Cardinals on Tuesday he was withdrawing from consideration, and Arizona signed Tim Rattay to back up Kurt Warner.
Testaverde played in three games for the New England Patriots last season and completed two of his three passes, one for a touchdown. This will be his seventh NFL team. He also has had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets (twice) and Dallas Cowboys. He has thrown for 45,281 yards and 270 touchdowns in his NFL career.
By Mark Maske |
October 10, 2007; 10:24 AM ET
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