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Clean slate

March 18, 2010 - Mike McLain

No one knows if Jake Delhomme will give stability to the Browns' muddled quarterback position, but that doesn't matter in the middle of March.

The most-important thing is that Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson are no longer in the mix. It's a case of addition by subtraction that should make training camp practices easier to watch.

It was time to clean the slate. Team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert wasted no time to do exactly that and put another unforgettable sage in recent team history to bed.

It wasn't going to work in Cleveland for Quinn or Anderson. By landing Delhomme, the Browns are hoping that he can play reasonably well until the young quarterback that will be drafted this year or next year is in place.

Make no mistake about it. The Browns will select a quarterback high in one of the next two drafts. They're one of five teams that have scheduled a privtae workout with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, and Holmgrn is on record stating that he's impressed with Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.

The Browns have five picks in the first three rounds of this year's draft, including three in the third round. I'd be surprised if a quarterback isn't among those five selections. It also wouldn't susprise me if the Browns package some picks and move up to get the quarterback they want.

Meanwhile, Anderson has signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Quinn is with the Denver Broncos. Both are good destinations for the players. Anderson will contend with Matt Leinart, who's been a flop, while Quinn doesn't have much competition in Kyle Orton.

Anderson couldn't be in a better situation. He's on a team with talented receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. The Cardinals prefer a vertical passing game, which fits well with Anderson's strong arm.

I'm not convinced that Quinn or Anderson will ever become consistently productive because of the weaknesses in their games, but at least they'll get chances that weren't going to happen with the Browns.

As for the Browns? They're better off without both players.



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