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Jake Delhomme’s days with Browns “are numbered”

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Though it comes as no surprise considering Jake Delhomme’s recent performance and $5.4 million base salary for 2011, Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirmed in a Friday online video that the 10-year veteran quarterback’s days with the Browns “are numbered.”

“I think he knows it, the team knows it,” added Grossi, who predicted that the Browns’ third-string quarterback would come from the “undrafted ranks” or “maybe a very low-profile veteran free agent.”

Colt McCoy is the Browns’ projected starter, and Seneca Wallace was re-signed in March to back him up.

Delhomme, 36, threw two touchdown passes and seven interceptions in five appearances last year. Dating back to the 2008 playoffs, he has a beyond ugly 11:30 TD-to-INT ratio.

Grossi ended his video segment on Delhomme by opining that the longtime Panthers starter “is done as a legitimate starting competitor.”

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  1. trbowman says: Jun 10, 2011 8:03 PM

    He should be done, period. He can’t play.

    You talk about a reunion in Denver with Fox…. Hell, I’ll take Brady Quinn over Delhomme.

  2. cornellsteelers says: Jun 10, 2011 8:15 PM

    Well, at least he still has all of those great memories of his time there to cherish forever. Like that time when, um, yeah, and that other time when he, well, er, never mind.

  3. oldbrowndawg says: Jun 10, 2011 8:16 PM

    Delhomme was signed to be the bridge between the failed QBs Holmgren found in Cleveland when he arrived (Andersen and Quinn) and the future — apparently Colt McCoy. This is why he was signed to only 2 years. I think Grossi may be wrong (as he often is) because Delhomme may well be ready to take a major salary cut just to hang around as a backup and playing coach to McCoy. Delhomme knows that his days as a starter (or even a credible #2) are gone. So, the Browns will probably at least try to re-negotiate Delhomme’s contract and try to keep him around. Provided, of course, that the lawyers sit down and shut up so that we can FINALLY get about the business of football!!!!!!

  4. eagleswin says: Jun 10, 2011 8:25 PM

    Arizona will give him a 2 year deal with starters money. I’m sure they are drooling over another Browns failed QB with no upside being available.

  5. pacificamjr says: Jun 10, 2011 8:29 PM

    he sucks. even a guy like kitna is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better

  6. thetooloftools says: Jun 10, 2011 8:30 PM

    D will take a salary cut and mentor Colt.
    They are good old boys and buddies and Colt is an asskicker and D was.
    Next question.

  7. descendency says: Jun 10, 2011 8:31 PM

    I appreciate what Delhomme did for Carolina (and it was under appreciated) but he’s no longer a starting QB and when you are not the starter, you have to compete with young guys (who are developmental projects) for roster spots. You tend to lose out.

    I don’t think Elway is going to let Fox bring in a washed up QB that Elway could beat out.

    My best advice is start learning the Vikings offense while Ponder develops.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jun 10, 2011 8:32 PM

    …and the number is fewer than the vowels in his last name.

  9. backindasaddle says: Jun 10, 2011 8:38 PM

    It’s so interesting how a guy can go from really good to really horrible in such a short period of time. In 2004 he was the general of an explosive offense and led the Panthers to a Superbowl. Next thing I know he’s throwing INTs in every direction and really really really having problems.

    Too bad…I like the guy.

  10. ramsfanjoe says: Jun 10, 2011 8:49 PM

    Evan, isn’t every player in the league days numbered? I know there isn’t much to talk about, but Please, come up with something a little more newsworthy.

  11. MVQB7 says: Jun 10, 2011 9:04 PM

    Out with Jake In with Terrelle Pryor ! I am not sure that would be a upgrade ?!? Nevermind…..

  12. whatsafairway says: Jun 10, 2011 9:13 PM

    The man may not have the talent to play the position at the highest level any longer but he’s been a great mentor for McCoy.

    He’s a quality human being and if that’s the position where he starts now for the rest of his life, who could complain?

  13. rajbais says: Jun 10, 2011 9:32 PM

    How about his days in the NFL?

    Can they be zero???

  14. bobbyyyd says: Jun 10, 2011 9:33 PM

    As a Panther fan I hope we can pick him up just to be a mentor to Cam.

  15. buckeyefan1026 says: Jun 10, 2011 10:15 PM

    Delhomme really lost his career when he had his surgery… similar to what Chad Pennington is going through.

  16. buckeyefan1026 says: Jun 10, 2011 10:16 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, Delhomme had a dream season last year. 5 games for ~$3 million? yes please! sign me up!

  17. thefiesty1 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    They were done the day he arrived in Cleveland.

  18. priceou86 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:22 PM

    @buckeyefan. Delhomme actually made a good deal more than that. He was also still being paid something like $7mil by CAR.

  19. cletusvandam says: Jun 10, 2011 11:24 PM

    Grossi ended his video segment on Delhomme by opining that the longtime Panthers starter “is done as a legitimate starting competitor.”
    Everyone BUT cleveland realized this a couple years ago

  20. Deb says: Jun 10, 2011 11:38 PM

    Jake Delhomme is still with the Browns?

    I feel for the guy, but things just haven’t been right for him since that playoff loss to Arizona at the end of the 2008 season. At 36, after struggling with injuries, he should be thinking about retirement. It McCoy’s time, and he’s certainly earned the starting job. Wallace is a good number two. Jake’s a liability on Cleveland’s payroll.

  21. mdnittlion says: Jun 10, 2011 11:42 PM

    For 5 million a year I could lose 10-12 games a season for a franchise. Feel free to sign me up when you get a chance. For 7-8 million I could go back in time to 2008 and lose every single game for Detroit. Hell for the total price of a college education I’d travel to Seattle and not win a single game for U Dub also. I’d take 35,000 a year not to win for the Huskies.

    And athletes wonder why fans get on them about how much they make.

  22. MichaelEdits says: Jun 11, 2011 1:56 AM

    He’s still doing better than when he sat on the bench behind Aaron Brooks.

  23. jbpanthers says: Jun 11, 2011 2:32 AM

    Jake’s arm has never been the same since his shoulder surgery.

  24. bleedgreen says: Jun 11, 2011 7:51 AM

    Can someone tell us what that number is? I figure the first day a new CBA is in place, he’ll be gone, so thats a pretty good indicator of when the lockout will end.

  25. rocketdogsports says: Jun 11, 2011 8:52 AM

    Go away. Just go away. While not entirely of his own making his presence in Cleveland is a continuing black mark in this franchises’ history and a constant reminder of the failed Mangini era. Let’s move on and leave these abject failures to the dustbin of history. Good riddance.

  26. Little Earthquake says: Jun 11, 2011 10:55 AM

    He had a good run for a few years….too bad. It’s hard to sustain success in the NFL.

  27. yankees5775 says: Jun 11, 2011 11:11 AM


    Didn’t Delhomme lead the Panthers to the playoffs with a 12-4 record after coming back from Tommy-John? Kinda makes the injury an invalid excuse… The man just completely lost it on his birthday in the playoffs that year against the Cardinals, for no apparent reason.

  28. bsmb says: Jun 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    I wouldn’t call what mangini had an “era”. more like a short stay. holmgren should have fired himself for bringing in delholme instead of blaming his own failures on mangini. browns were better off without holmgren. time for the browns to start from scratch again.

  29. hedphurst says: Jun 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    rocketdogsports said:
    Go away. Just go away. While not entirely of his own making his presence in Cleveland is a continuing black mark in this franchises’ history and a constant reminder of the failed Mangini era. Let’s move on and leave these abject failures to the dustbin of history. Good riddance.

    Rocketdog: Mangini didn’t bring Delhomme in. Holmgren did. Delhomme looked pretty bad in the 2010 regular season. He looked pretty great in the 2010 preseason. Clearly, some (if not most) of the difference can be explained by playing against backups playing vanilla defensive schemes in the preseason, but he also got hurt in the first game, and was never fully healthy last year. Cleveland is clearly committed to Colt McCoy for at least this upcoming season, with Seneca Wallace as his primary backup, so there’s no reason to keep Delhomme around at $5M+. That said, I’m not willing to pronounce his NFL career dead. He may never be a pro bowler or even be a starter again, but he’s got value in the right situation.

  30. chazatlas says: Jun 11, 2011 3:22 PM

    After Jake’s implosion in 08 against Arizona the Panthers brought in a new QB coach that completely and totally changed Delhomme’s training, technique and the offense implemented a new offensive scheme. Basically Jake was over coached.

    That coupled with the Cardinals debacle the previous year doomed Jake mentally just as soon as he threw his first interception. When it rains it pours. Unfortunately he was injured early in the season in Cleveland. He’s a good a guy and a good QB. If he’s healthy and came at the right price, he would make any team an excellent backup.

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