Cleveland Browns Head Scratching Move: Is Jake Delhomme the Answer?

Old AccountSenior Writer 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 era of Brady Quinn officially came to an end Saturday night. The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme, who was released by the Carolina Panthers at the beginning of free agency.

Delhomme had some success in Carolina, being around a winning attitude of a franchise for quite some time. The likely hood of this move is to bring a veteran quarterback in within these young nucleus of players, possibly holding the throne until the new quarterback comes to town.

Other than that, there isn't much to be overexcited about if you are a Browns fan.

Delhomme is past his prime, as he is aging pretty quickly, and is only known for his tendency of throwing interceptions.

Delhomme had trouble playing in the NFC, with only seeing a few AFC teams per year.

Now, he enters 2010 set to play three teams within his own division who were in the top five of total defense (Ravens, Steelers, Bengals). Also, keep in mind the impact players within the secondary for all those teams.

The Browns also face the AFC East, which includes the top defense in the NFL last season, the New York Jets.

Quite frankly, I would rather have Quinn as the starting quarterback in 2010. He is young, and still has a lot to prove as a quarterback in this league.

If a trade is made due to salary purposes, then I can see them bringing in their own quarterback.

Yet, it is still uncertain as to how they will use all of their draft picks to select a quarterback. Will Cleveland select either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen from the first round?

I am not impressed with either quarterback, and frankly, it may be in best interest to go defense with Joe Haden or Eric Berry ( if still available).

This year's quarterback class is one of the weaker ones I have seen, as there is not any prospect that catches my eye.

Are the Browns using this same philosophy? Will they fill the other needs on this team with their 10+ draft picks, then wait a year to take a top quarterback in the draft?

If Delhomme is the quarterback, it is likely we will see the Browns picking within the top five next season.

Overall, I don't see it as a good fit for the Browns in 2010. The fans want to see improvement and hope of being competitive again.

Bringing in an aging quarterback who will see his weapons drop drastically isn't the way to go in 2010.

If this is the worst part of the rebuilding tenure under Mike Holmgren, it makes the best sense to let it be the first year under the job.

The way things look, it doesn't look bright for the 2010 Cleveland Browns, who may have to stay in the stellar for one more season.

Matt Miselis is an NFL writer for BleacherReport.com.


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