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Browns cutting Delhomme is right move

The Cleveland Browns will cut veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme later this week, removing his $5.4 million salary from their books for a player who would have been a third-stringer.

Cleveland probably should have made this move before the lockout when it was clear Delhomme was no longer a capable starter, and the team was going forward with second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. But it's better late than never.

Delhomme was a good mentor to McCoy, but that was pretty much his only asset in Cleveland. As a starting quarterback, Delhomme was often injured and turnover prone. In five games, he threw for 872 yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions. At 36, Delhomme is well past his prime, and both McCoy and Seneca Wallace outperformed Delhomme last season.

Cutting Delhomme opens a spot for Cleveland to bring along another young, developmental quarterback to learn behind McCoy and Wallace. We suggested former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, although that doesn't seem like a move the Browns typically make.

This also gives Delhomme a chance to seek other options in free agency. At the end of last season, Delhomme didn't seem like a quarterback who wanted to retire, and he could serve as a mentor elsewhere for a more affordable salary.