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Jake Delhomme's days may be numbered in Cleveland

By Marla Published: April 30, 2011

Colt McCoy is the Browns' starting quarterback and Seneca Wallace signed a three-year, $9 million contract on March 3 to be his backup. The comments made by Browns president Mike Holmgren about the position seem to indicate Jake Delhomme's days in Cleveland may soon be over unless he agrees to a pay cut.

In 2011, Delhomme is set to make $5.4 million, way too high a salary for a third-stringer. Wallace, a nine-year veteran, is well versed in the West Coast offense the Browns are preparing to install.

Asked about not taking a quarterback in the first six rounds of the draft, Holmgren said, "Philosophically I always like to take a quarterback in the draft late. But that also had to make sense. This year based on our roster needs and what we had and what we needed to do, we did the right thing here.

"Now, are we finished adding to the quarterback pile? I don't think so. But maybe we are, but I don't think so. I think we're going to try and figure out a way to get another guy in here.''

Holmgren could have been talking about a undrafted rookie from a small school who could be signed whenever free agency begins. But at this moment it seems hard to believe that Delhomme will go to training camp with the Browns.

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