The Cleveland Browns have been making a lot of changes around the franchise since the final game of the 2010 regular season, and the team is far from completing its offseason preparations. New coaches are in place, and a roster overhaul began with the release of five veteran players and re-signing of two others.
One player that has been a question mark since the middle of 2010 is Jake Delhomme. Delhomme came to the Browns to serve as a mentor to Colt McCoy and to hold down the fort while the young man from Texas learned the NFL system. Halfway through the first game of the season, Delhomme went down with a high ankle sprain and the rest was history.
Now that the team is under a new regime, it is interesting to think what will become of Delhomme. As far as this featured columnist can see, it is likely that he will be released before the 2011 begins.
Delhomme is set to make $5.4 million next season and will likely be competing for either a backup or third string position. The team has also said that it would like to restructure his contract in a way that would result in a significant pay cut for the 36-year-old quarterback.
The Browns have also made it clear that they intend to explore more quarterback options this summer, as the team has scheduled workouts with Cam Newton and 30 other top prospects in the draft. Cleveland also made an effort to go out and sign Jarrett Brown, a rookie who played at West Virginia and has no NFL experience.
The final factor that may work against Delhomme next season is the fact that he simply did not play well in 2009 or 2010. While with the Panthers in 2009, he completed only 55 percent of his passes and threw 23 interceptions.
Delhomme had limited opportunities with the Browns in 2010 but still failed to impress, as he threw only two touchdowns as opposed to seven interceptions.
Cleveland has labeled Colt McCoy the quarterback of the future despite its personal workouts with other quarterbacks. In an interview with Mike Holmgren earlier this week, the Browns president stated "...it is our job to be diligent and view all possible options that can make our football team better. Coach Shurmur knows my opinion on Colt and so does [McCoy], and that's where we are".