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Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 8:53 am
Delhomme could be Houston's newest quarterback. (Getty Images/AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Texans placed quarterback Matt Schaub on injured reserve last week. On Sunday, they lost backup Matt Leinart to a broken collarbone. Instead of going through the rest of the season with backup to the backup, T.J. Yates, Houston will signed veteran Jake Delhomme after a Tuesday workout, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports.

The Texans had already signed former Jets second-round pick Kellen Clemens after losing Schaub for the season. Delhomme becomes the latest addition to the new-look Houston quarterbacks now that they're without Leinart (who also appears headed for injured reserve).

Delhomme spent seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers and led them to the 2003 Super Bowl (they lost to the Patriots) and the 2008 NFC Divisional game (another loss, this time to the Cardinals). The Browns signed Delhomme to be their starter in 2010, but injuries and an unwieldy contract led to his release after the season.

There was some speculation that he might be in demand as a mentor, perhaps reuniting with John Fox in Denver to help groom Tim Tebow (turns out, Tebow doesn't need any help).

And earlier this season, the Dolphins were reportedly interested in signing Delhomme (he passed).

At 8-3, the Texans are the AFC's top team. And despite losing its Nos. 1 and 2 signal callers, should have little trouble making the playoffs. That said, the expectations once they get there were pretty much dashed when Leinart followed Schaub to IR.

The Texans are in their 10th year of existence and have never qualified for the postseason. They're only winning campaign came in 2009 when they went 9-7. Seventh-year head coach Gary Kubiak was in danger of losing his job after last year's disappointing 6-10 effort, but he was retained. And right up until they lost Schaub, Houston was considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:29 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

I cannot for the life of me figure out why anybody would take Delhomme. He's lost whatever he had in Carolina. Towars the end there, and following him to Cleveland, were interceptions at a rate I've never seen. Why would you sign him when there were other QB's available who didn't have the baggage that Jake has. I here he is a very good clubhouse guy. And that can't be overstated. But that can't be the deciding factor either. I don't see any other qualifications that would make him a good fit, with a team that's expecting to go a round or two in the [playoffs.

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:49 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

David Garrard

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:32 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Whether Delhomme ever sees the field or not is irrelevant, it's the same game plan.  Run the ball to set up the pass and crush them on defense.  Yates is the starter and the team is rallying around him.  If something happens then next man up!!

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:11 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Jake Delhome = 1 and done in the playoffs. I guess he was such a great QB at his last couple of stops. Sorry Texan fans.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Jake Delhomme is dreadful and for almost any other team this would be a terrible move. But I think for a team vying for the #1 seed and flanked by a great defense and running game, it's not so bad. I know this sounds crazy considering he's been a turnover machine, but Delhomme, if he winds up starting heading into the playoffs, is probably the best option to keep the team afloat. 

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Delhomme is a lot better than the others and a playoff veteran, holding the record for most play off wins. Play TJ for a week or two and then play him. Delhomme has proven that he can be a game manager and not lose the game for the team when the team was good (Cleveland and 09 Panthers don't count). Jake has about 19 4th quarter comebacks and makes plays when needed. Delhomme is a great veteran and mentor and will ultimately improve Leinart, Yates and even Schuab. Believe me when I say that the Texans have a much better chance at playoff wins with Jake than with Clemens or Yates.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:22 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Welcome to Houston Mr. Interception.

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:19 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

I just hope Brett Lorenzo Favre is getting into shape cause when Delhomme goes down next week it would be the perfect time for Favre to step in as he wouldn't have to endure all those hits getting his team into the Playoffs and then into the Super Bowl!Innocent

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

Good luck Houston being a Panthers fan I loved Jake he was a very good quarterback for us just never the same after his shoulder surgery maybe T J can learn from him the man knows the game and has a huge heartits just past his time I hopehe does good.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:54 pm

Report: Texans to sign QB Jake Delhomme

give the ball to yates. he ran the same offense in college, and he won't throw as many picks as delhomme will. just hand it off to foster and tate. If the texans are gonna lose with a back up qb, might as well lose with someone just entering the league than one that should be out of it.

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