It would seem to be that at the age of 36, Jake Delhomme would appear to be at the stage of his career where he would make an ideal backup, but it’s starting to look like he either will be brought back to Cleveland as a starter, or he won’t be brought back at all.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that his Browns sources tells him everyone really wants Colt McCoy to be the starter, but if the work stoppage drags on into the summer, McCoy, a second year player, might not have enough time to learn what he needs to learn and prove to new head coach Pat Shurmur that he’s ready to start. In that case, the team will likely feel more comfortable with the veteran Delhomme.
Bringing him back to Cleveland as a backup is complicated but Delhomme has told the team he has no intention of being a backup. He wants to start and that means he might not be willing to take a paycut, and he’s probably making too much to be brought back as a No. 2.