The Big Question: Browns' future QB?

March, 23, 2010
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Will the Cleveland Browns find a long-term solution at quarterback?

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Rick Scuteri/US PresswireThe Browns signed Jake Delhomme to be their short-term starter.
Jake Delhomme is expected to be the Browns' starting quarterback in 2010.

But after that, it's anyone's guess.

Therefore, Cleveland is feverishly searching for its quarterback of the future this offseason. It's not known how much the 35-year-old Delhomme has left in the tank. So he is merely a stopgap solution for this upcoming season -- albeit a very expensive one at $7 million.

Browns president Mike Holmgren has always had stability at the quarterback position, and it's making him antsy not to have that same luxury in Cleveland. With the San Francisco 49ers, he was Joe Montana's position coach. As head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Holmgren won a Super Bowl with Brett Favre. Holmgren also helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

The Browns burned up the phone lines in free agency trying to find the best deal possible. Some rumored names included quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles, although nothing came to fruition.

But in a pair of anticlimactic moves, Cleveland ended up with Delhomme and career backup Seneca Wallace as its two quarterbacks. The team also traded Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos and released former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson.

Now the Browns' primary goal in next month's NFL draft is to find a rookie quarterback to groom. But don't expect it to happen with the No. 7 overall pick, according to Holmgren.

The AFC North blog reported Monday that Cleveland is showing interest in University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who is a projected second-round pick. The Browns will host McCoy for two days on April 12-13. He has an accurate arm that could fit in Cleveland's West Coast-based system.

Other possible targets include Dan LeFevour, Tony Pike, Jevan Snead and maybe even Tim Tebow, as Cleveland tries to solidify its future at the league's most important position.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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