NFL Europa done?

Jake Delhomme said he hopes the rumors that NFL Europa may fold are untrue. "I cut my teeth there and got to play a lot there, so I learned a lot there," he said. "To me, it's a quarterback's league -- that's what I believe. That's what I believe it was made for -- to allow young quarterbacks to play and grow."

If the league does go under, Delhomme is hoping the NFL will find other ways to develop young quarterbacks (like himself) who might have fallen through the cracks. One suggestion is mandating that one practice squad spot per team be reserved for a quarterback.

Of course, that still doesn't help with gaining playing time experience at the pro level.

"That's the thing," said Delhomme, who still follows NFL Europa closely. "That's what was so hopeful to me. The experience I gained on the field ... that was huge. You fall back on that."

So would he be here, the starting quarterback for the Panthers, had it not been for Europe? That's one Delhomme can't answer.

"I don't know. You'd like to say yes, but who knows?" he said. "That is where I got better playing on the field in certain situations. You just learn so much."

Hall wins award

Carolina defensive end Jason Hall was named the 2007 NFL Europa League Defensive MVP.

Hall, who was signed as a free agent by Carolina in January, was allocated to the Cologne Centurions and led the league with 12 sacks and tied a league mark by posting a sack in seven consecutive contests.

The 6-foot-2, 253-pound Hall recorded 30 tackles and two passes defensed in 10 starts.

He produced three outings with at least two sacks, including a three-sack performance versus the Hamburg Sea Devils in Week Eight. Hall's contributions helped the Centurions finish first in the league in total defense, allowing an average of 256.1 yards per game.

Hall will practice for the Panthers in July when the team returns to training camp.

Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Buffalo in 2006, Hall, 23, was waived by the Bills prior to the start of the regular season. In college, he played in 44 games with 12 starts at Tennessee and compiled 101 tackles, 11 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed.

Hall becomes the second Carolina player to win the award.

In 2002, safety Deke Cooper won Defensive MVP when he ranked first in the league with five interceptions. Cooper is also on the Panthers roster.

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