Eyebrows were raised last year when the Browns pounced on quarterback Jake Delhomme after he was cut by the Panthers following a Steve Blass-style erosion of his skills. (Yeah, I used to be a baseball fan.)
Delhomme started in Week One against the Bucs, and Delhomme promptly was injured. Again.
Eventually, rookie Colt McCoy took over, and as McCoy told PFT Live at the Super Bowl, he fully expects to be the starter in 2011.
So where does that leave Delhomme? Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Browns G.M. Tom Heckert says that, contrary to a report to the contrary (and, yes, it’s contrary to our usual style to use the same word twice in the same sentence), Delhomme has not told the team he has no plans to return as a backup.
Delhomme appeared in five games and started four in 2010, throwing two touchdown passes against seven interceptions.
With Delhomme due to earn $5.4 million in 2011, the question isn’t whether Delhomme wants to be a backup. The question is whether the Browns want to pay him that much money to hold a clipboard.
Thus, if Delhomme isn’t in Cleveland come September (or whenever the season starts), it won’t be because he doesn’t want to be paid $5.4 million to serve as the understudy to Colt McCoy.