Jake Delhomme Back From the Dead

Patrick D. Starr

After much speculation on who the veteran presence on the sidelines to back up rookie T.J. Yates would be, the Houston Texans pulled a "new" name out of the hat. With that the Texans signed ex-New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme.

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Delhomme was retired training horses in Louisiana before he received a call to come try out for the Texans. Delhomme beat out free agent veteran Jeff Garcia for the open spot in the Texans roster vacated by recently injured Matt Leinart.

Delhomme came into the league in 1997 undrafted free agent out of the University of Lousiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajun made a name for himself when he led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2003 which they eventually lost to the New England Patriots, 32-29. In that game Delhomme threw for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Plagued by elbow injuries, Delhomme never regained his magic from his super bowl run and ended up signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2010 and never lived up to expectations and was supplanted by now Brown's starter Colt McCoy.

With the signing Delhomme is expected to become the backup and provide insurance just in case T.J. Yates goes down. Recently signed Kellen Clemens is also in the quarterback depth chart, but expect Delhomme to be the backup with his signing.