How Seneca Wallace affects Browns roster

Last night, reports surfaced that the Cleveland Browns had made a deal to bring in Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace. From my perspective, it’s an interesting move, as I don’t see it as a long-term solution to the QB position in Cleveland, but it could have some major effects on the Browns roster.

If you’re a veteran player in this league, free agency — along with the draft — is stressful because the front office could bring in a player at your position. And you find out very quickly that you’re replaceable.

After the Wallace deal in Cleveland, we now have to wonder who the Browns are replacing: Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson?

Or maybe this is the beginning of replacing both signal callers.

It isn’t shocking to see new team president Mike Holmgren bring in a player he’s familiar with at the quarterback position. Holmgren coached Wallace in Seattle, but the fact remains that the Browns gave up a draft pick for his services. In this regard, he’s being brought in for a reason.

Yes, we’ll eventually hear how Wallace is in Cleveland to “compete for a job” and all of that other talk that comes after a new name walks into the locker room. But it makes no sense for Holmgren to waste a draft pick on a QB. Wallace will get opportunities, he should see plenty of reps this summer, and he could be in the mix to win a starting job.

I don’t see Wallace as a guy who can take over a franchise at QB, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a short-term solution until the Browns find their franchise guy. In the draft? Possibly, depending on what St. Louis does at No. 1 and the domino effect the top 10 could have if the Rams pass on Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.

Lots of speculation and possibilities now that the Browns have brought in a veteran QB with starting experience. As the NFP’s Michael Lombardi wrote this morning, the Browns are now free to cut Anderson before they owe him a roster bonus — and change the offense to the West Coast system.

And Quinn could be the next in line to get a ticket out of town. Holmgren is running the show in Cleveland, and the QBs are on alert.

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