The Browns confirmed free-agent visits Thursday with Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas and New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson.
But according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Delhomme is still scheduled to visit his old team, the New Orleans Saints, Friday and Saturday. A report on Cleveland.com said Delhomme will consider all his options and may also make stops in Green Bay and Denver before signing.
Delhomme can afford to take his time. According to Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post, Delhomme will receive the entire $12.68 million owed him by the Panthers even if he signs with another team.
Delhomme is a Louisiana native who began his career with the Saints in 1998 and played there for five seasons. Carrying a 58-40 record as a starter for seven years in Carolina, Delhomme was cut last week.
Should he receive similiar offers from the Saints and Browns, he would face a tough decision, especially since he would have a chance to start in Cleveland. He would back up Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees with the NFL champions.
Fargas could team in the Browns' backfield with Jerome Harrison, rushed for 570 yards in the final four games of 2009, including a Browns' single-game rushing record 286 yards at Kansas City. But Harrison stands 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds and general manager Tom Heckert questioned at the NFL combine whether Harrison could hold up for 16 games.
''To say he can carry the ball like the last four games for 16 games, I don’t know if you want any player doing that, let alone a guy who’s a little undersized,'' Heckert said of Harrison in February.
Sharing the job would be nothing new for Fargas, 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, who has split time with Michael Bush and Darren McFadden with the Raiders. A third-round pick in the 2003 draft out of USC, Fargas was cut Saturday, with the Raiders saying he failed a physical. The Raiders' leading rusher from 2006-08, he was due a $1.7 million roster bonus on Monday.
Fargas visited Kansas City, but the Chiefs elected to sign ex-Jet Thomas Jones. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Fargas will visit Philadelphia Friday.
Watson, a first-round pick in 2004, would give Cleveland's yet-to-be determined starting quarterback a big target, especially at the goal line. Watson, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, caught 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns (the second-most of his career) in 2009.
Since trading Kellen Winslow on the opening day of free agency last year, the Browns have not had a dependable tight end. Second-year man Evan Moore did show promise after being promoted from the practice squad on Dec. 5.