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Browns’ Heckert: It’s not “super far out” to bring Jake Delhomme back

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With Seneca Wallace back in Cleveland, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until Jake Delhomme gets the boot.   The Browns say that’s not the case, although Delhomme will have to accept a pay cut from his $5.4 million salary to stay.

“I don’t think I can answer [if Delhomme will accept a paycut] right now,” Heckert told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.   “I think Jake really likes Cleveland.”

Heckert went on to say it’s not “super far out” to imagine Delhomme returning to Cleveland.  Coach Pat Shurmur also said he’d like Delhomme back in a veteran mentor-type role to Colt McCoy.

That’s going to be one massive pay cut if he returns.  It sounds like Seneca Wallace was brought back to back up McCoy, so how much can they really pay a third-stringer?

Basically, Delhomme has to decide what sort of role he’s comfortable with.  If he’s not willing to be a No. 3 quarterback, he may not remain in the NFL any longer.

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24 Responses to “Browns’ Heckert: It’s not “super far out” to bring Jake Delhomme back”
  1. Davo says: Mar 4, 2011 11:13 AM

    “I think Jake really likes Cleveland.”

    That’s not something you hear everyday…

  2. jerruhjones says: Mar 4, 2011 11:23 AM

    I’d rather see a rookie at 3rd string than Jake.

  3. mharenza says: Mar 4, 2011 11:24 AM

    Man things really went downhill in a hurry for Delhomme.

  4. lbcoach34 says: Mar 4, 2011 11:28 AM

    Enough said by the site – $$$+sense

  5. eagleswin says: Mar 4, 2011 11:35 AM

    The only three people in football who didn’t know Delhomme was done as a QB in the NFL last year were Holmgren, Heckert and Delhomme. Heckert and Holmgren have finally realized they aren’t smarter than everyone else when it comes to Delhomme. I think Delhomme made in the neighborhood of $19 million ($12 from panthers + $7 from browns) to play like a 3rd stringer. He should treat any money going forward as free season tickets with great seats to every Browns game because if he ever has to play again the Browns are doomed.

    Also, whoever his agent is should’ve gotten a huge christmas bonus from Delhomme last year. Money for nothing.

  6. tombradyswig says: Mar 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Coach Pat Shurmur also said he’d like Delhomme back in a veteran mentor-type role to Colt McCoy.

    What?!?!? To teach him how to suck!?!?

  7. myviewfromthepew says: Mar 4, 2011 11:38 AM

    That other team in Ohio down Interstate 71 may have a QB opening …

  8. mostnutsever says: Mar 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    I don’t think Jake would mind being a 3rd stringer, he probably knows his NFL time is coming to an end and he’s gotta get all the NFL money he can.

  9. sdboltaction says: Mar 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    I’m surprised anyone “really likes it in Cleveland”.

  10. audient says: Mar 4, 2011 12:10 PM

    If the Browns and Delhomme can come to terms where they keep Jake as a 3 and as a mentor to McCoy, I suspect Jake would have a lot of positive stuff yet to share with McCoy.

    Also, due to injuries, all three of these guys ended up starting last year. No matter what order they are in depth chart, it could very well happen again. If you can find a way to keep him, I’d keep him.

  11. cbusbrownie says: Mar 4, 2011 12:15 PM

    I agree to keep him but only if it’s for the pre-season then he’s gone. And only if he promises not to even touch a football during the games. Please, he was so awful that only and timely could and did save the Browns fans from the very first pick in this draft.

  12. goombar2 says: Mar 4, 2011 12:24 PM

    Delhomme is washed up, but he used to be good. He was a good team leader and an all around good guy to have in the locker room. So attacking him that way seems kinda petty.

    When I first caw the headline I thought the Browns wanted him in the contest for the starting position and I laughed to myself. But if the price is right, he wouldn’t be a bad back-up.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Mar 4, 2011 12:42 PM

    Keep him around as QB coach. I think his playing days are over. Good QB for a while, but abilities fading fast.

  14. kmart0319 says: Mar 4, 2011 12:54 PM

    After Heckert said it wouldn’t be “really far out” to see him back, he said it would be “groovy” too.

  15. lucky5927 says: Mar 4, 2011 12:56 PM

    Psychedelic drugs anyone? That was the last time I have heard the Phrase “Super Far Out” used.

  16. thetooloftools says: Mar 4, 2011 1:21 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland. The “black hole” for vets.

  17. laurdass says: Mar 4, 2011 2:09 PM

    No, its just Super Stupid….

  18. mrfrostyj says: Mar 4, 2011 2:20 PM

    Wasn’t Jake Delhomme the one who named McCoy the starter long before the coaching staff did?

    Wasn’t Colt McCoy the guy who said that he learned everything about the pro game from Delhomme and that they even road to practice together?

    Sounds to me like Delhomme might be and should be posturing for a position as a coach as recent as last season. If McCoy can play half as good as Delhomme did in his prime the Browns might have something. So I don’t see how keeping the guy is a bad idea.

    Old man Delhomme on two bad ankles and a bum shoulder still played better then Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson so you could do much worse at 3rd string.

  19. eagleswin says: Mar 4, 2011 2:41 PM

    Old man Delhomme on two bad ankles and a bum shoulder still played better then Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson so you could do much worse at 3rd string.

    ==============

    Don’t tell that to Whisenhunt or the Cardinals may trade for him to be their new starter.

  20. oldcracker says: Mar 4, 2011 5:21 PM

    Signing Delhomme as insurance and a mentor or coach makes sense. Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for another young project.

    Obviously Jake’s skills have left him but, what he knows can help expedite McCoy, or any other young QB that the Browns might bring in.

  21. dukeofthedawgpound says: Mar 4, 2011 5:51 PM

    If he wants to come back as a coach/mentor: Let him. Just dont go paying the guy 5.4 million dollars to ride the pine. Why not use that money to get a veteran right tackle into cleveland. Get that side of the offensive line shored up.

    Lets see we had Quinn, Anderson, Dorsey and Gradowski all banged up in 2008. In 2009, if my memory serves me correctly both Anderson and Quinn were injured. 2010 was pretty much the same.

  22. trickbunny says: Mar 4, 2011 6:20 PM

    tombradyswig says:
    Mar 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Coach Pat Shurmur also said he’d like Delhomme back in a veteran mentor-type role to Colt McCoy.

    What?!?!? To teach him how to suck!?!?
    ————————————————-

    Maybe it has something to do with the 10 seasons that Delhomme spent being a good QB before spending the last 3 sucking.

    Any other dumb questions?

  23. realkelevra says: Mar 4, 2011 11:53 PM

    “If McCoy can play half as good as Delhomme did in his prime the Browns might have something.”

    @ mrfrostyj – No…McCoy must play as good as Delhomme did in his prime. What kind of delusions do you have about the guy’s ability? He was a good qb, he played a great 2nd half of a super bowl, but he was never, nor should ever be lumped in with the greats.

  24. mrfrostyj says: Mar 5, 2011 6:51 PM

    “No…McCoy must play as good as Delhomme did in his prime. What kind of delusions do you have about the guy’s ability? He was a good qb, he played a great 2nd half of a super bowl, but he was never, nor should ever be lumped in with the greats.”

    @ realkelevra – Unlike Jake Delhomme in Carolina, McCoy’s arm won’t have to carry the entire offense so I stand by my statement. Carolina might have a superbowl trophy or two if they had a Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Josh Cribbs, Peyton Hillis, Lawrence Vickers, Ben Watson and Evan Moore surounding him instead of just Muhammed and Smith with some other forgettable characters. If Colt McCoy was as good as Delhomme in his prime that team would probably average 30 points a game. The Browns defense as is held most of their opponents to under 20.

    The offense the Panthers ran in 09 and 10 was awful but Delhomme still ran it better then the THREE guys John Fox brought in to replace him. The guy was an above average QB on a below average team. He will never be truly appreciated outside the discruntled Carolina fans who saw their usually playoff bound team barely get 1 win without him because of that.

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