At least for the moment, that job belongs to Matt Moore, who played well at the end of last season and spent the entire offseason working with the first team. As long as Moore plays reasonably well in camp and during the preseason, he’ll open the season as the starter.
Clausen’s status as a second-round pick might make an instant candidate to start elsewhere, but not in Carolina, where coach John Fox isn’t a big believer in playing rookie quarterbacks. Clausen’s contract doesn’t create any added pressure to play him right away. The four-year deal could be worth as much as $6.3 million, according to our Adam Schefter, and includes $2.533 million in guaranteed money. Moore is making $3 million this year.
Hunter Cantwell got most of the second-team work in the offseason, but Clausen and fellow rookie Tony Pike are likely to challenge him in camp for the backup job. With Clausen wrapped up, the Panthers, who report to camp today, are the first NFC South team to have all of their players signed.