It did not take long for former Carolina backup quarterback Joe Webb to find a new job.
On Monday morning, Webb signed with the Buffalo Bills.
The Carolina Panthers were well aware that Webb would be employed somewhere in the NFL this season, as he has a unique skill set that was valuable to them for the past three seasons and translates well anywhere.
But the Panthers released Webb Saturday, later picking up former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya off waivers to become their new third quarterback. The move was not greeted warmly in Carolina’s locker room, where Webb was noted for a popular figure because of his do-anything demeanor. He was the only quarterback in the NFL to regularly contribute on special teams as anything besides a holder.
The Carolina-to-Buffalo pipeline has continued to run as new Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane and new coach Sean McDermott – both formerly employed by the Panthers – have leaned on their Charlotte connections.
Hurney explained the decision to cut Webb this way on Sunday: “Yeah, that’s hard. Joe meant so much to the locker room, the versatility he brought, not only at quarterback but on special teams. That was a very hard decision. But I think that third spot, we felt like with Garrett (Gilbert, on the practice squad) and now with Brad (Kaaya) we have a chance to develop a young guy and move forward as far as that development process.”
At age 30, Webb still performed well in the preseason and some thought he might be kept over Derek Anderson for the backup quarterback position with Carolina.
Instead, Webb will return to Charlotte on Sept. 17, suiting up for Buffalo when Carolina hosts the Bills in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.
He may see playing time sooner than that, however, as Buffalo’s first-and-second string quarterbacks, Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates, are still recovering from concussions and are in the protocol. Aside from Webb, Buffalo’s option at quarterback is rookie Nathan Peterman.