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The Merry-go-round at QB continues for Cleveland as Delhomme comes aboard

Jake Delhomme will vie for #1 job (nfl)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Browns returned as an NFL franchise 11 years ago and their quarterback position has been anything  but stable. It has been like a merry-go-round with 8 different starters since 1999.

This past week, Derek Anderson was cut and they brought in Seneca Wallace who has been a backup QB. On Saturday, they signed veteran Jake Delhomme to a 2-year deal. The 35-year-old, Delhomme was recently cut by Carolina after suffering through his worst season as a professional. He threw 18 interceptions in 2009 and overall had a 58-40 record as a starter and lead the Panthers to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2003.

He is expected to challenge incumbent Brady Quinn for the starting  job.

Browns sign Ben Watson

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ben Watson last year with New England (espn)

The Cleveland Browns, trying to improve one of the NFL’s worst franchises, has signed free agent tight end Ben Watson.

The 29-year-old Watson reportedly received a three-year contract worth $12 million.

Last season for New England, Watson caught 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns .

Bengals sign free-agent receiver Antonio Bryant to 4-year deal

Antonio Bryant played for Tampa Bay in 2009 (tb)

Antonio Bryant joins Bengals (nfl)

Wide Receiver Antonio Bryant has agreed to a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant’s contract will be worth $28 million and with incentives, he could make as much as $29 million.

By signing Bryant, the Bengals may not sign either Terrell Owens or Brandon Marshall. It has been reported by media around the Cincinnati area that the team still might sign one more wideout.

Bryant had career highs with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 with Tampa Bay. He needed surgery for torn cartilage in his knee during training camp last year, and was bothered by pain in the knee all season. He finished with 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers will certainly improve with the Bengals because he’ll be surrounded by other players who’ll open the field up for him like Chad Ochocinco, Andre Caldwell and Cedric Benson. Plus, he has a better QB in Carson Palmer to throw to him.

Cincinnati needed at least one proven receiver after releasing Laveranues Coles, who lasted only one season with the Bengals. Receiver Matt Jones, who was out of the NFL in 2009 after Jacksonville released him because of off-field issues, has signed a one-year deal with the Bengals.

Cincinnati went 10-6 and won the AFC North last season by relying on their defense and running game. They lost to the New York Jets in their first playoff game since 2005, struggling to move the ball.

The Bengals passing offense finished 26th in the league last season eventhough QB Carson Palmer was back from his elbow injury. The Bengals didn’t have a reliable third-down receiver since T.J. Houshmandzadeh left as a free agent for Seattle, a move that he soon regretted. Coles never blended into the offense and he never spoke with the media at all, even after a win.

Cincinnati also lacked a deep threat after Chris Henry got injured and later died from a fall out of a pickup truck during a domestic dispute.

Finally, Browns honor Josh Cribbs with a new contract

compiled  from staff and wire reports

Josh Cribbs is a dangerous kick returner (wfe)

Cleveland Browns kick returner/wide receiver Josh Cribbs was so elated with his new contract on Friday, that he celebrated it with the people who are his favorites, the fans.

After participating in a news conference at the Browns facility to announce his restructured three-year-deal, the former Kent State star, went to the I-X Center where the 2010 Cleveland Auto Show was being held and announced to a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 fans that he just received a new deal and would be staying in Cleveland. It has been reported that Cribbs stayed at the Auto Show to sign an estimated 1,500 autographs.

“The fans are the main reason and a huge part of why I re-signed”, Cribbs said.

The contract runs through 2012 and is worth about $20 million, with $7 million to $7.5 million guaranteed, meaning he would be the highest-paid special teams performer in the NFL if he is able to achieve all of his incentives. The minimum value of the deal is the guaranteed money.

Miami Dolphins shores up defense; signs Karlos Dansby

The Miami Dolphins knew that they had to upgrade their defense after three straight losses ended their season at 7-9. They brought in Mike Nolan from Denver to be defensive coordinator. Then they looked at the middle of their 3-4 defense and felt they needed a leader.

Karlos Dansby will anchor Miami's defense (SI)

The problem has been solved. Entering stage left is former Arizona Cardinals star, Karlos Dansby. They signed him to  five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guarenteed. Dansby has had the franchise tag the past two years  and a third time would’ve been financially prohibitive for Arizona.

Dansby is a big-time hitter on defense who cover receivers quite well for a 3-4 inside defender. Arizona lined him up in the center of the field. at nickel back and even at safety.

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