Panthers Sign QB Carr to be Backup

Charlotte - The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent quarterback David Carr to a two year contract one month after the 5 year veteran was cut by the Houston Texans.

Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, will serve as Jake Delhomme's backup.

Carr was a five-year starter for the expansion Texans. He completed 60 percent of his passes, but threw 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times. Carr completed a career-high 68.3 percent of his passes last season, but was released by the Texans after they obtained Matt Schaub in a trade from Atlanta and anointed him as their starting quarterback.

The Panthers were looking for an experienced quarterback to back up Delhomme after releasing Chris Weinke last month. Weinke struggled in a relief role in three games last season when Delhomme had a sprained thumb, throwing two touchdown passes and four interceptions. The Panthers went 1-2 in those three games and the lone game they won came with Weinke throwing only seven passes.

The move means the Panthers now have the top two picks from the 2002 draft. Carolina selected defensive end Julius Peppers with No. 2 pick.

Carr's signing is the biggest move the Panthers have made so far in free-agency. Hurney has said they were content with 21 of 22 starters returning next season.