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Clausen’s Chances of Pushing Moore Suffer with Holdout

Sporting News Reports how Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen will lose some valuable chances to get on the field with a holdout that appears on its way for the former Notre Dame QB:

With camp opening Wednesday, the Panthers have one big piece of unfinished business—signing Jimmy Clausen, their top pick in the 2010 draft. Talks are stalled with the former Notre Dame quarterback, the Charlotte Observer reports.

If he doesn’t sign on time, Clausen’s chance of making a push for starting QB will suffer. He already must unseat Matt Moore, No. 1 on the depth chart after Jake Delhomme’s departure. It likely won’t be easy for Clausen to pass Moore, who finished last season with significant starting time.

As a second-round pick—the Panthers didn’t have a first-round selection—Clausen won’t come close to getting a big-money deal. He’s likely to get the going rate, which is a four-year deal with incentives. It appears Clausen wants the max, with terms that pay him like a starter once he assumes the role.

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