Friday, March 12, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Delhomme and GB
By Kevin Seifert
Lost in Thursday's action was an interesting report/denial relating to Green Bay's quarterback depth.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the Packers would host free-agent quarterback Jake Delhomme, presumably for a job as a veteran backup to Aaron Rodgers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel then quoted Delhomme's agent, Rick Smith, denying the visit.
Smith wouldn't elaborate, but Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports there has been contact between Delhomme and the team. Packers coach Mike McCarthy coached Delhomme in New Orleans from 2000-02 and the two remain close. Delhomme has visited Cleveland, where he could compete for a starting job, and will visit New Orleans this weekend.
If things don't work out in Cleveland or New Orleans, it's not out of the question that Delhomme could re-join McCarthy in Green Bay. Rodgers' backup for the past two seasons has been Matt Flynn.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Philadelphia could sign Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards to an offer sheet, according to the Delaware County Times via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Edwards is a restricted free agent who was offered a first-round tender.
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on free-agent tailback LaDainian Tomlinson: "The Vikings had better hope the Jets don't dazzle Tomlinson and wipe Minnesota off his radar because, like [Brett] Favre, he can help this team."
- Free-agent guard Chester Pitts will visit Detroit next week, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Don't count on the Lions taking Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung with the No. 2 overall pick of the draft, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
- The best way to view Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers' contract is as a three-year, $40.5 million deal, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears safety Josh Bullocks signed his restricted free-agent tender, taking himself off the free-agent market.