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Delhomme's pact could affect Couch, Warner

New deals like Jake Delhomme's lessen the number of potential opportunities for free agents next offseason.

Updated: June 18, 2004, 7:42 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It is called lagniappe, an old Cajun word that roughly translates into "a little bit extra," and a term with which Carolina Panthers quarterback and dyed-in-the-gumbo Louisiana native Jake Delhomme was familiar, long before he agreed Thursday morning to his pricey new five-year contract extension.

Rewarding their emerging star with a contract that reportedly could be worth as much as $38 million, a deal criticized in some NFL precincts because there remains a core group of skeptics anxious ...

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