The NFL notebook …
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Browns will release Jake Delhomme today.
The 36-year-old quarterback didnít play much in 2010 after the Browns signed him following his release by Carolina. He helped develop Colt McCoy, then a rookie who became Clevelandís starter.
Delhomme completed 93 of 149 for 872 yards, with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was 2-2 as a starter.
Delhomme was scheduled to make $5.4 million in base salary.
Delhomme led the Panthers to the 2003 NFC title; they lost to New England in the Super Bowl.
The story was first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Kyle Orton’s still a member of the Denver Broncos. For how long is anybody’s guess.
The Broncos are shopping around to see if they can find a trade partner, and the Miami Dolphins might land the sixth-year quarterback if they work out a deal that lowers his cap hit this season and provides long-term security.
Orton is due $8.29 million this season and doesn’t want to be a backup in Denver. While the Broncos have said Orton is their returning starter, the veteran QB apparently feels Tim Tebow’s promotion is a foregone conclusion, as do some of his teammates.
NO KOLB YET
Whatever the Arizona Cardinals were doing in their pursuit of Kevin Kolb or any other quarterback, they were keeping it to themselves.
While other quarterbacks in the NFL found new homes, Kolb remained the property of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, although there were persistent reports that the team eventually would send Michael Vick’s backup to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick.
Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.
ěAs we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,î co-owner and team president John Mara said of the coach who led the Giants to the 2007 NFL championship. ěWe believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.î
HASSELBECK TO TITANS
Matt Hasselbeck is leaving Seattle for Tennessee, where he likely will start. He spent the past 10 seasons with the Seahawks, leading them to the 2005 NFC title. The Titans drafted quarterback Jake Locker eighth overall in April, but needed a veteran presence after Kerry Collins retired; they plan to trade or release Vince Young.
Given the lack of offseason opportunities for Locker to get up to speed, Hasselbeck figures to be the starter in Nashville.
ěFrom college to the NFL is a big adjustment,î Titans tight end Jared Cook said. ěTo have somebody to learn under, especially somebody as experienced as Matt Hasselback, I think is going to benefit all our quarterbacks.î
The Texans agreed to terms with backup quarterback Matt Leinart.
ěI am excited to be a Texan,î Leinart wrote on Twitter. ěUltimately, I had to do what was best for me at this point. People can question the decision, but it was the right one for me.î
JETS SIGN HOLMES
Santonio Holmes has been a benefit to Jets QB Mark Sanchez, and will continue to be.
The team made the 2009 Super Bowl MVP their top priority among their five key players who are not under contract, and kept him for the next five years.
Holmes performed very well for the Jets on the field, with 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns after missing the first four games while suspended.
The Jaguars hooked up with linebacker Paul Posluszny for a six-year contract worth $45 million, including $15 million guaranteed.
ěJacksonville was very aggressive from the start,î Posluszny told The Associated Press. ěThey showed a lot of interest. They have a lot of confidence in me, and I donít want to let them down.î
Placekicker Adam Vinatieri agreed to a three-year contract with Indianapolis. The 38-year-old Vinatieri is one of seven players in league history to score 500 or more points for two teams (Patriots, Colts). He is headed into his 15th NFL season.
Cincinnati reached an agreement with Bruce Gradkowski, who knows the teamís new offensive system and will help develop rookie Andy Dalton. The 28-year-old quarterback was in Tampa from 2008-09 with Jay Gruden, the Bengalsí new offensive coordinator.
Incumbent Carson Palmer has told the team he would retire rather than play another season in Cincinnati, which has two winning records in the past 20 years.
Guard Robert Gallery agreed to a three-year contract with Seattle, where he rejoins Tom Cable, his former coach with the Raiders and now a Seahawks assistant.
Safety Eric Weddle agreed on a five-year, $40 million deal with San Diego with $19 million guaranteed. He is due $14 million this year, including a $13 million signing bonus.
Atlanta agreed on a five-year deal with outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas.
Lance Moore, a favorite target of Drew Brees, agreed to terms on a five-year contract with New Orleans. Last season, Moore played in all 16 regular season games and had 66 receptions for 763 yards and eight touchdowns.
San Francisco reached agreement on a five-year contract with defensive lineman Ray McDonald.