Late For Work 3/15: Delhomme In. Quinn Out. What of Troy?

Plus the Ravens are linked to a pair of tight ends and Rex Ryan undergoes weight-loss surgery.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 8:01 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Delhomme In. Quinn Out. What Of Troy?

The AFC North rival Cleveland Browns were busy over the weekend. Whether their activity actually makes the team (4-12) a more legitimate threat in the division remains to be seen.

To sum it up, on Saturday veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme agreed to terms on a two-year deal reportedly worth $7 million and is expected to be the starter in 2010. The Browns then caught a case of trade fever on Sunday when they traded away two former first-round draft picks: quarterback Brady Quinn and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.

Quinn, a 2008 first-round pick, was traded to the Denver Broncos for fullback Peyton Hillis, as well as a sixth-rounder in 2011 and a conditional 2012 pick. The more surprising move occurred when Cleveland traded their 2006 first-round pick, Wimbley, to the Raiders for a third-rounder in April.

If Ravens quarterback Troy Smith still wants to be traded to the Browns, he would likely be the third option behind the tandem of Delhomme and the recently acquired Seneca Wallace. Smith has a better gig with the Ravens as the reinforcement behind Joe Flacco and perhaps as a “Suggs package” option from time to time.

Plus, as Don Banks of SI.com points out, there hasn’t been a “bigger dead-end job in the NFL than playing quarterback for the Browns over the past 10 years or so.” Smith deserves better.

I have to hand it to the former Heisman Trophy winner who, despite all the trade speculation, is maintaining focus as the quarterback of the Ravens by continuing his offseason workouts at the Castle.

Barring a trade for Smith, or anyone else, watch out for the 12 draft picks Cleveland now has in its pocket. That’s seven more than the Ravens’ five.

“That offers tremendous flexibility to infuse youth on their team or trade up to grab the best possible players,” James Walker of ESPN said. “I’m interested to see the route Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert decide to take, because Cleveland will be major power players next month.”


Ravens Linked to TEs Gresham and Pitta

In their latest mock drafts, ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have the Ravens selecting Oklahoma’s tight end Jermaine Gresham with their first-round pick.

Kiper: “The Ravens aren’t finished in their mission to find weapons for Joe Flacco. Gresham is the best pure tight end in the draft and answered physical questions in Indy. The heir to Todd Heap is the perfect weapon for a young passer.”

McShay: “Baltimore addressed its wide receiver need by trading for Anquan Boldin and signing unrestricted free agent Donte’ Stallworth. Gresham is the best pass-catching tight end on the board and would be a great addition to an already upgraded receiving corps.”

If the Ravens have something different in mind for No. 25, Ozzie Newsome and Co. could decide to take a tight end in later rounds.

According to NFL.com, Baltimore was on hand for BYU’s pro day where tight end Dennis Pitta reportedly had a good workout after an outstanding performance at the Combine.

The pass-catching 6-4, 245-pounder was the top performer at his position in three drills at the Combine (three-cone drill, short shuttle and long shuttle) and was near the top in bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. Scouting reports question Pitta’s blocking abilities.


Rex Ryan Underwent Weight-Loss Surgery

Former Ravens defensive coordinator and New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan underwent weight-loss surgery in an effort to fight his obesity, says Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News.

Team spokesman Bruce Speight confirmed Saturday night that a scheduled lap-band procedure was performed on Ryan.

“The colorful Ryan, who led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first season as a head coach, has talked openly about his weight problem,” reported Cimini.

“He weighed 310 pounds when he was hired by the Jets in January 2009, but by the time the team reported for training camp in late July, he had ballooned to 340,” he said.


Quick Hits

  • Ben Roethlisberger’s attorney agreed to arrange for the Steelers quarterback to meet with police and to provide a DNA sample, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • The New York Jets signed former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, reported ESPN.
  • The Bengals re-signed safety Roy Williams on Saturday to a one-year deal, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Williams missed 12 games last season due to a re-injured forearm.

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