The Cleveland Browns Sign Jake Delhomme, Still Plenty Of Questions

gary wertmanCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers passes against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on November 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have signed Jake Delhomme to a two year contract as reported by ESPN’s  Adam Schefter. Delhomme, who is 35, was recently released by the Carolina Panthers. He will join Seneca Wallace, Brady Quinn and Brett Ratliff as Browns quarterbacks for now.

Instead of clearing up the Browns quarterback picture, it just got foggier than ever. Who will the starter be? One thing is for sure, the debate that has raged in Cleveland the last three plus years over Quinn vs Anderson is over. Anderson has been released and Quinn will surely be traded now that Delhomme has been signed.

Who will Quinn be traded to is the next question. The former first round pick never lived up to all the hype and hope that Browns fans had for him. Quinn has been more of a fan favorite instead of a coaches favorite while with the Browns. Now his time in Cleveland appears to be nearing an end.

I doubt Mike Holmgren is satisfied that neither Wallace or Delhomme can be more than a short term answer to Cleveland’s QB problems. It is my opinion that Holmgren intends to get his future QB in the upcoming draft. As soon as this QB is ready, he will become the starter. Until then, Cleveland has two veterans as insurance.

Among the quarterbacks Holmgren could be interested in are Sam Bradford, if he slides through the first three picks to number four, Cleveland may try to trade up and grab him.

Colt McCoy could interest them if he’s there when Cleveland picks in the second round. Dan LeFevour is also someone I think Holmgren would like if he’s there in the third round. One things for sure, Cleveland’s franchise quarterback is not yet on the roster.


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