No I’m not talking about rookie Colt McCoy. He will get his chance some day but not this year. If Jake Delhomme has his, way it won’t be next year either.
Delhomme, the former Carolina Panthers quarterback, who many believe has seen his better days, may be just what the Browns need. Entering his 14th season, Delhomme brings a wealth of experience and leadership to an offense that needs both.
Delhomme is coming off his worst season in the NFL last year with a 59.4 QB rating. He was not brought to Cleveland to be the savior, just lead an offense that has lacked leadership for sometime.
Before last season, the Panthers signed Delhomme to a five-year extension worth $42.5 million. At the end of the season, they released him. The Browns are hoping they are getting the Delhomme that Carolina deemed worthy of the big contract just a year ago.
Throughout his career, Delhomme has always been the under dog. He came into the league undrafted in 1997 out of Louisiana-Lafayette College. After spending time on New Orleans practice squad and in NFL Europe, he moved up to third string QB for the Saints. Delhomme is a competitor, that’s what he does best. He should fit in well on the Browns.
In Brian Daboll’s run oriented offense, the quarterback doesn’t have to be Peyton Manning. Delhomme just might be the perfect fit for such an offense. His experience should be extremely valuable to the Browns young receivers as well.
Before you write him off as an over the hill quarterback, lets see what he has to offer. Delhomme has proven the experts wrong many times before.