Saints feeling out Delhomme on backup job

March, 12, 2010
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Former Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme is in New Orleans and will be visiting with the Saints the rest of today and Saturday. General manager Mickey Loomis held a meeting with the local media Friday morning and was pretty open about the team’s interest in Delhomme.

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“I think this is a combination of that exploratory visit along with a desire to sign him. We need to have a conversation with Jake and talk about how he sees himself and how he thinks he would fit here before we can say, 'We’re willing to sign you.'” Loomis said.

That’s a wise approach because, with Drew Brees as the starter, Delhomme would be coming in purely as a backup. I know Delhomme pretty well and he’s a smart guy. I don’t think he would even have made this visit if he didn’t realize a backup role might be his best option at this point.

He’s also a Louisiana native with a deep love for his home state and began his career as an undrafted free agent in New Orleans. If the Saints can get him, I think they’ll have a significant upgrade over Mark Brunell.

Loomis also said the Saints aren’t overly concerned about Delhomme’s surgically-repaired elbow, although their medical people will check it out.

“We need to answer that to some degree, although we don’t have a lot of concern about the injury,’’ Loomis said. “We saw some things during the season that lead us to believe that he’s fine. Again, we’ll have a discussion with him about that today and tomorrow. And we give all of those guys a physical when they come as well.”

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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