NFL Free Agency: Will Jake Delhomme Sign with the Denver Broncos?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Jake Delhomme #17 and Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns call signals against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns announced on Tuesday afternoon that they will release Jake Delhomme sometime on Thursday. Delhomme's career has been slightly derailed since his days with the Carolina Panthers as his one season in Cleveland turned out to be a total bust for the franchise. Now, Delhomme will be looking for a new job and the Denver Broncos are becoming one of the most mentioned franchises on the market.

Denver is actively looking to trade Kyle Orton as the team begins to settle into the Tim Tebow era. If Orton is traded in the coming days, a huge need for a veteran quarterback will be open among the Bronco ranks.

Delhomme has been in the NFL since the 1998 season and had a great deal of success throughout the early 2000s with the Panthers.

John Fox is clearly the main connection between Delhomme and the Broncos organization. Fox was Delhomme's head coach with Carolina for several seasons and posted an overall record of 73-71 with Delhomme calling the signals for his offense.

In his last season with the Browns, Delhomme struggled through a high ankle sprain and played poorly in his opportunities on the field. Delhomme ended the 2010 season with Cleveland as the third-string quarterback behind Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace.

Delhomme's numbers have significantly decreased over the last two seasons with the Panthers and the Browns. In the last two seasons Delhomme has tallied 10 touchdown passes opposed to 25 interceptions.

The Broncos could benefit from having a veteran like Delhomme on the roster, but would have do it at a cheap price. Tebow is clearly the quarterback of the future and does not need a quarterback controversy in his first year as a starter.

Only time will tell if Delhomme's landing spot is with the Denver Broncos. In the meantime, fans will be watching the Orton trade situation very closely.