The Houston Texans have signed veteran free agent Jake Delhomme to back up new starting rookie quarterback T.J. Yates.  The former Carolina Panther and Cleveland Brown came out ahead in a two-man tryout that included Jeff Garcia.


Texans' coach Gary Kubiak says they both worked out well, but he went with Delhomme because he thinks “he’ll fit in perfectly with what we were looking for. I think he’s a good fit with T.J.”

Delhomme, a 10-year veteran, turns 37 in early January, presumably when the Texans will be embarking on a playoff run — or so they hope.

Delhomme began his NFL career in New Orleans but soared at Carolina, leading the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his first season as a starter. He has completed 1,723 of 2,904 career attempts (59.3 percent) for 20,764 yards, with 125 touchdowns and 101 interceptions.

Kubiak and the Texans have made it clear that Yates, a rookie drafted in the fifth round out of North Carolina, is their starting quarterback at present.

But if problems arise, they think Delhomme can provide a calming influence on the young rookie because he has experience in that role.  Last year he played for Cleveland, where he was the backup for the rookie Colt McCoy.

The Texans are 8 and 3, and with five wins in a row, they're having their best season ever.  In the past two games, starting QB Matt Schaub and his backup Matt Leinert, have both gone out with season ending injuries.

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