Houston Texans quarterback Jake Delhomme isn't ready to say he's officially retiring, but the 14-year veteran admits his playing career is likely over after Sunday's season-ending 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
"I'm being very realistic," Delhomme told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. "I turned 37 last week. I'm not moving my family. I'm (not) going somewhere to start over. This kind of fell into my lap, so to speak."
Delhomme joined the Texans on Nov. 29 after the team worked out several veterans to provide depth at quarterback. Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both suffered season-ending injuries, forcing rookie T.J. Yates into the starting lineup.
Though Delhomme didn't reach a decision after the game, he said he would have no trouble calling it a career after this season.
"You never want to say never," Delhomme said. "But ... to come to a place like this, where everybody's on the same page, to see the way these guys work, it's been great. If I've left this game, I've left it on a high note."
Delhomme's lone appearance of the season came during a 23-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the regular-season finale. His last play of the season -- and possibly his career -- was a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson.