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Browns to release QB Jake Delhomme; LB Jason Trusnik reportedly heading to Dolphins

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 27, 2011

The Browns will release veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news today.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert declined to confirm the move, which can't officially be made until 4:01 p.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, unrestricted free-agent linebacker Jason Trusnik has agreed to a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Herald reported today. The Dolphins won't be able to officially sign Trusnik, a Nordonia High School graduate who spent the past two seasons with the Browns, until 6 p.m. Friday.

The Browns' plans to cut Delhomme, who was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.4 million in 2011, are not surprising. Delhomme, 36, would have been third quarterback on the team's depth chart behind projected starter Colt McCoy and backup Seneca Wallace.

Delhomme, pictured to the left, entered last season as the Browns' starting quarteback, but he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 and was sidelined for the next three games. He returned to action in Week 5, filling in for Wallace after Wallace suffered a high-ankle sprain of his own late in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. Delhomme, however, was re-injured later during the game.

He started four of the five games in which he appeared last season, compiling a record of 2-2 as the Browns' starting quarterback. He completed 93-of-149 passes for 872 yards and two touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Before signing a two-year contract with the Browns in March of last year, Delhomme spent seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He led them to the Super Bowl in 2004 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

However, Delhomme's final season (2009) with the Panthers was awful. Plagued by a fractured finger on his throwing hand, he played in only 11 games, throwing eight touchdown passes and a career-high 18 interceptions. He was cut on March 5, 2010, and signed by the Browns 10 days later.

Delhomme still wants to play, according the Schefter. ESPN's John Clayton has identified the Denver Broncos as a possible suitor.

"Best of luck to Jake Delhomme," Browns linebacker Scott Fujita wrote on Twitter. "One of my all-time favorites. Class act all the way."

The 27-year-old Trusnik, who has served primarily as a special-teams ace throughout his career, appeared in all 16 games last season and started five of them. Trusnik, pictured to the left, had 15 tackles and a sack.

After leaving the New York Jets, former Browns coach Eric Mangini made a deal to bring Trusnik to his hometown team in Northeast Ohio. The Browns traded wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets in exchange for Trusnik, wide receiver Chansi Stuckey and third- and fifth-round draft picks.

Trusnik's connections have reportedly paid off again. Former Browns coaches Brian Daboll (offensive coordinator) and Bryan Cox (pass-rush coach), both of whom are now with the Dolphins, recommended Trusnik to their new front office, according to the Miami Herald.

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