Cleveland Browns deal for Seattle QB Seneca Wallace
By Mary Kay CabotMarch 08, 2010, 8:24PM
UPDATED: 11:27 p.m.
Dean Rutz / The Plain DealerSeneca Wallace started 14 games in his seven seasons in Seattle, completing 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
• Is Wallace a likely starter in 2010? Grossi analysisCLEVELAND, Ohio — Mike Holmgren moved a little bit of his West Coast offense East on Monday when he traded for his former protege, Seattle backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.
The Browns surrendered a late-round pick in 2011 for Wallace, a league source told The Plain Dealer. that means the Browns still have 11 picks in 2010, including nine in the first five rounds.
Wallace, 29, is expected to come in as a backup, meaning the Browns could still deal for a starter. but Wallace can play other positions, including receiver and returner. The Browns confirmed the trade late Monday pending Wallace passing his physical on Wednesday — but they’d only say the pick was undisclosed.
Darron Cummings / associated PressWith Mike Holmgren helping the Browns to transition to more of his West-Coast style offense, Seneca Wallace — who was groomed in it for six years by Holmgren — will know the scheme as well as anyone.
SENECA WALLACE FILE
Ht./wt.: 5-11; 205
College: Iowa State.
NFL experience: Seven years.
Notable: Drafted by Seattle in the fourth round (110th overall pick) of the 2003 draft. … Has appeared in 48 games with 14 starts. … started eight games in 2008, completing 141 of 242 passes for 1,532 yards, 11 TDs and three interceptions for a QB rating of 87.0. … Has completed 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards, 25 TDs, 14 interceptions and a rating of 83.1. … Set team record with 90-yard TD pass to Koren Robinson on Nov. 2, 2008 against Eagles. … Holds club record with 184 consecutive passes without an interception in 2008. … at Iowa State, threw for 5,289 yards, 26 TDs and 27 interceptions. also ran for 912 yards and 15 TDs. … Attended Rancho Cordova High in Sacramento, Calif.
– Mary Kay Cabot
With Wallace, the Browns are almost certain to release Derek Anderson before his $2 million roster bonus is due March 19. what it means for Brady Quinn is still uncertain.
Holmgren drafted Wallace with a fourth-round pick in 2003 out of Iowa State after coaching him in the Senior Bowl that year and being impressed with Wallace’s versatility. There was some thought that Wallace should switch to more of an Antwaan Randle El-type receiver, but he insisted on playing quarterback, and Holmgren was willing to develop him.
Wallace — the shortest active quarterback in the NFL at 5-11, 205 pounds — started 14 games in place of Matt Hasselbeck over the years because of injuries, going 5-9 as a starter. his most extensive action came in 2008 when he started eight games, split up into two different stints.
During his second stretch at the end of the season, he flashed some ability, including a three-TD game against the Patriots and a victory over the Jets. overall, he threw for 1,532 yards in 2008 with 11 TDs and only three interceptions that year.
Wallace struggled to adjust to the Seahawks’ offense last season in Holmgren’s absence, and started only two games while Hasselbeck was injured.
“This will give Seneca a chance for a fresh start,” new Seahawks General Manager John Schneider told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “The Browns front office’s familiarity with his abilities will give him an opportunity to compete for playing time. We wish him nothing but the best.”
During his seven seasons in Seattle, Wallace completing 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. his career rating is 83.1. He also caught four passes for 76 yards, including an acrobatic 28-catch in the 2005 NFC Championship Game against Carolina.
With Holmgren helping the Browns to transition to more of his West-Coast style offense, Wallace — who was groomed in it for six years by Holmgren — will know the scheme as well as anyone.
Question is, will Wallace be backing up Quinn or someone else?
Watson scheduled: Free agent tight end Ben Watson, formerly of the New England Patriots, is scheduled to visit the Browns on Wednesday, a source told profootballtalk.com. Watson, 29, visited the Seahawks on Monday.
An unrestricted free agent, Watson spent all of his six seasons with the Patriots, who drafted him with the 32nd pick in 2004 out of Georgia.
In 2009, Watson (6-3, 255) started seven of 16 games, catching 29 passes for 404 yards and five TDs. Browns coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll were assistants on the Patriots’ staff when Watson was drafted. Mangini spent two seasons with him there and Daboll three.
The Browns have not confirmed the visit.
Rogers update: The Browns plan to keep Shaun Rogers because of his tremendous ability, a league source said. There’s been some speculation that the Browns might trade him because they like nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin, but unless someone makes the Browns an offer they can’t refuse, Rogers will be a Brown in 2010.
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