A month after he was released by the Houston Texans, David Carr agreed Friday to play for the Carolina Panthers.
Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, will serve as Jake Delhomme's backup. He was released by the Texans after they obtained Matt Schaub in a trade from Atlanta and anointed him as their starting quarterback.
``It's a case where we were obviously looking for someone to come in back up Jake and the opportunity to get a quarterback the caliber of David in free agency is unique,'' Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. ``We thought it was a good situation and a good opportunity for us.''
Carr completed 60 percent of his passes with the Texan, but threw 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times in five seasons. But the Panthers believe Carr will be more successful behind a better offensive line.
The Panthers needed a backup after releasing Chris Weinke last month. The Panthers also had Joey Harrington in for a visit this week, but came to terms with Carr early Friday morning.
It's 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.