Posted by Will Brinson
Not all that much ado has been made of Jake Delhomme's possible on-field reunion with the Carolina Panthers, because it's been pretty much assumed that the Browns won't risk greater injury to Colt McCoy's ankle by forcing him against the Panthers.
And Eric Mangini confirmed on Friday that Cleveland's rolling with Delhomme as the starter against the Cats.
That's via our Cleveland Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, who notes Mangini's confirmation leading up to the weekend.
Delhomme hasn't started since Week 1 when he injured his ankle -- Seneca Wallace yanked his starting spot even after his injury -- and now he's playing for a team that's paying him $7 million and against a team that's paying him $12 million (I pointed this out to members of my relatives in Florida, who were all busy lamenting the Jaguars quarterback situation; they were amazed).
This is the ideal opportunity for Delhomme, who surely feels strong emotions following the Panthers cutting him (although, yeah, he can wipe them away with $100 Bills) and would like to prove that they'd be better off having held onto him than running with Matt Moore.
Given that Moore's done for the season and the Panthers stand a decent chance of rolling Brian St. Pierre out on the field -- if he's healthy enough to play -- Jake could probably win that argument without even playing.
Now he just needs to avoid throwing the interceptions that made him an infamous scapegoat for the Panthers a just a year ago.
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