Good for Jake Delhomme, who has signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns. I'll predict right now Delhomme will be Cleveland's starter on Opening Day 2010.
Browns team president Mike Holmgren told The Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday that while Delhomme wouldn't necessarily be the starter for the Browns if he signed that Delhomme certainly had the "potential" to fill that slot for the Browns.
And what about Brady Quinn, Cleveland's incumbent? My guess is he will be traded (UPDATE QUINN WAS TRADED SUNDAY, TO DENVER). If you read between the lines, it doesn't seem like Holmgren likes him much. Quinn has gone 3-9 as a starter in Cleveland. Delhomme is 58-40 as a starter in his career.
Delhomme's main competition will probably come from former Seattle backup QB Seneca Wallace, who is more familiar with the offense Holmgren wants to run, having played for Holmgren when Holmgren was coaching in Seattle instead of running the front office in Cleveland. Cleveland, like the Panthers, also may draft a quarterback in April.
As I wrote in this blog earlier this week: I don't think 2010 is going to be a repeat of 2009 for the 35-year-old Delhomme. I think he's still got a little juice left. If only the Browns could get LeBron James to play tight end for them in the offseason, their offense might get a little better. Cleveland was dead last in the NFL in total yards per game in 2009.
That's the problem with his new employer -- the Browns don't have many weapons to surround Delhomme with. But at least Delhomme has already landed on his feet. I still think it was a mistake for the Panthers to let him go. If the Panthers are going to sign a veteran to back up and/or even compete with Matt Moore, as it sounds like they are going to do, well, hey, they already had that guy in their employment. He wore No.17. He won five playoff games here.
But what's done is done. I wish Jake the best in Cleveland.
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