April 3, 2002

Delhomme Shopping Other Teams

Saints backup QB Jake Delhomme is a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning that the Saints could match any offer made to the Louisiana-Lafayette product. Delhomme has already visited the Kansas City Chiefs and is visiting the Green Bay Packers today.

Delhomme could be had for a league-minimum $563,000 and no compensation. Restricted free agents can be signed from their original teams, but in many cases only in exchange for a draft pick. In the Saints' case, Delhomme was an undrafted free agent in 1999, and because he was signed to the minimum tender, the Saints would get no draft pick compensation if he left.

Delhomme, 6'2", 205 pounds, has been a backup with the Saints since 1997. He started the final two games of the 1999-2000 season, finishing with a record of 1-1. When he graduated from ULL, he was Louisiana's all-time collegiate passing record holder with 9,216 yards. Delhomme led the NFC in passing in the 2001 preseason.

If Delhomme does sign an offer sheet with the Packers or any other team, the Saints would have seven days to match the offer.

The Saints have already seen the other side of the coin this offseason, signing Jacksonville restricted free agent CB Jason Craft to an offer sheet in March. The Jaguars chose to match the offer.

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