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March 13, 2010

Delhomme signs with Browns

    Strange as it may seem and sound, even though 10 days have passed since the Carolina Panthers broke ties with him, Jake Delhomme is now a member of the Cleveland Browns.

   Delhomme, the Panthers’ starting quarterback from 2003 through the 11th game of last season, signed a two-year contract with the Browns Saturday.

   Team president Mike Holmgren has told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Delhomme will have a chance to compete for the starting job.

   Details of Delhomme’s contract were not known.

   Delhomme may get a chance to play against the Panthers next season. He and and the Browns are scheduled to host Carolina. The date and time of the game is set to be released next month with the remainder of the league schedule.

   Delhomme had been scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints, but never made the trip to his original NFL team. The Saints offered only a chance to be the backup to Drew Brees, the Super Bowl MVP.

   In Cleveland, Delhomme is expected to compete with Seneca Wallace, whom the Browns acquired recently in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, Holmgren’s former team.

   Brady Quinn, a 2007 first-round pick, is also still on Cleveland’s roster, but Delhomme’s arrival may hasten his departure. There have been reports that the Browns were trying to trade Quinn, who has made it clear he’s open to being dealt if that’s what it takes to put him in position to vie for a starting job.

   Cleveland also is expected to strongly consider picking a quarterback in next month’s NFL draft.

   Delhomme, 35, led the Panthers to the only Super Bowl appearance in team history – something the Browns never have accomplished – and to two other playoff berths.

   However, his final playoff game with Carolina turned out to be the beginning of the end of his tenure with the Panthers. After a six-turnover performance in a January 2008 home loss to Arizona, Delhomme went on to throw a career-worst 18 interceptions last season.

   He missed the final five games of the season with a broken finger on his right (throwing) hand, during which time Matt Moore took over and led the Panthers to a 4-1 finish.

   The Panthers informed Delhomme of their decision to release him on March 4 and declared the next day that Moore was their new starting quarterback.


   -- Charles Chandler


Posted by Observer Sports on March 13, 2010 at 06:24 PM | Permalink


Good now let's talk about the Panthers!!!!!

Posted by: E. Young | Mar 13, 2010 6:42:54 PM

After a few weeks in Cleveland, he'll be wishing he was back here!

Posted by: PantherDave | Mar 13, 2010 6:46:00 PM

now john fox can join him there next year

Posted by: sdot | Mar 13, 2010 6:49:43 PM

Okay, well since we are now aware of the signing. How does this play out with the Panthers since they owe him some money? I hope this relieves us of some the $$$ owed to him to try and sign some more talent on the road to a Super Bowl.

Posted by: Troy | Mar 13, 2010 6:58:00 PM

No impact on the $$$, he still gets PAID..twice

Posted by: Frank | Mar 13, 2010 7:07:25 PM

He's gone, now Panthers' fans move on Please!!

Posted by: bigdogg | Mar 13, 2010 7:13:43 PM

Good luck Jake. I hope it works out. His skills fell apart, but he is still a good person who should get more respect.

Posted by: wayne | Mar 13, 2010 7:14:28 PM

Good luck, Jake. Nothing but the best is wished for you by this fan.

Posted by: brenda | Mar 13, 2010 7:20:23 PM

Good luck, Jake. Hope you take the Browns to the playoffs.

Posted by: DW | Mar 13, 2010 7:32:35 PM

I said (was told by inside sources) weeks ago, Peppers and Jake would be gone. Some posters laughed. I get the last laugh. Look for Vick to be in a Panther uniform this year. I have my (inside)sources and they are 99% correct, 99% of the time.

Posted by: Insider | Mar 13, 2010 7:32:55 PM

And we play at Cleveland in the fall....yeah!

Posted by: Phil | Mar 13, 2010 7:35:38 PM

2 yr/ 12 million dollars- yikes, Jake landed a 6 mil a year contract.

Posted by: Steve | Mar 13, 2010 7:39:22 PM

I hope he does well with the Browns. Everyone needs to realize he led the Panthers to their best seasons (plural)they've ever had. And then there was the head-in-your-hands fiasco that began versus Arizona in the playoffs that continued. Last year's season would've been different if he'd have been benched during the Buffalo game. Jake lost his ability to read the pocket. He always looked like he's in a hurry even when he had time. He can't move either. Moore can both read the pocket and move.

Posted by: BG | Mar 13, 2010 7:41:45 PM

I wish you the best Jake. We had some good times.

Posted by: Roland | Mar 13, 2010 7:43:39 PM

Great, I am happy for Jake.....

Posted by: cappy | Mar 13, 2010 8:00:56 PM

Do they have Bojangles in Cleveland?

And DW, do you know how the stock market will finish this year?

Posted by: david roberts | Mar 13, 2010 8:05:54 PM

Hey, Jake ... Good luck! I think it would be great if you succeed in Cleveland. I admire what you did for my team, the Panthers. I was a supporter to (almost) the end. I hope you can recapture your magic. Right now, Matt Moore is my main man, but if you get the starting job, I will watch your progress and cheer for you ... until you play the Panthers

Posted by: Mario46 | Mar 13, 2010 8:13:21 PM

Jake will have a good year in Cleveland, and he should be able to beat out Seneca Wallace. And with one of the best TE's in football (Watson), and a good RB, Holmgren is building a team that will compete. Although they are in a very tough division. Good luck Jake.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Mar 13, 2010 8:15:50 PM

I'm happy and sad at the same time. Happy that Jake got a job, and sad that it was a minor league team. Hang in there Jake, you can make it back to the NFL yet.

Posted by: charlesbright | Mar 13, 2010 8:29:16 PM

ream my analysis here http://panthersmix.com/

Posted by: Jason Treadway | Mar 13, 2010 8:31:11 PM

I got an idea. What if during the mini camps we get to hear all about how delhomme and peppers are doing?? It will be like they never left.

Posted by: Collison | Mar 13, 2010 8:37:23 PM

Wow! The only Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl history?????

How many facepalms do we get daily from Chandler's writing?

Posted by: The Word | Mar 13, 2010 8:40:21 PM

Ream your analysis?

Posted by: Ghoul | Mar 13, 2010 8:40:36 PM

Do they have Bojangles in Cleveland??

Posted by: SBull1085 | Mar 13, 2010 8:41:47 PM

"Delhomme, 35, led the Panthers to the only Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl history – something the Browns never have accomplished – and to two other playoff berths."

Does the Observer still have editors on staff?

Posted by: Matt | Mar 13, 2010 8:49:29 PM

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