March 11, 2010

Delhomme coming back?

Online reports indicate that free agent ex-Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, a Louisiana-Lafayette product and a Saint from 1997-2002, will visit the Saints.

The Saints are looking at their backup quarterback position, with Mark Brunell on the open market.

After visiting the Browns this week, Delhomme will be visiting the Saints Friday and Saturday of this week, so could be a Saint by the end of the weekend.

Delhomme, 35, a backup to firmly-entrenched Aaron Brooks, left the team as a free agent after the 2002 season for starter's money and a starter's job in Carolina.

The Breaux Bridge, LA native went 8-3 against his hometown team as a Panther, dealing some painful losses to the Saints. Delhomme led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in his first season in Carolina in 2003, and to the NFC Championship game two years later.

He had a brutal performance in a playoff game against Arizona in January of 2009, tossing five interceptions in a 33-14 loss to the Cardinals at home, two weeks after beating the Saints with a last-second field goal drive in the Superdome.

He played in only 11 games in 2009, throwing 8 TD's to 18 interceptions, and was not the same quarterback as he was in the past. He was briefly hospitalized with a rib injury and fractured a finger last season and was replaced by Matt Moore, who has now been anointed the starter in Carolina.

He was cut by the Panthers last week, less than a year after signing a new contract extension with $20 million in guarantees.

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