Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thoughts on Seneca Wallace, Browns
By James Walker
As the NFL remains in serious jeopardy of a lockout, the Cleveland Browns made one last move at quarterback. Cleveland signed backup Seneca Wallace to three-year deal Thursday evening, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Here are some thoughts on the signing:
- The Mike Holmgren connection is definitely at work here. The Browns' president brought Wallace to Cleveland from the Seattle Seahawks last year and now he is signed to a three-year extension. The length of the contract is somewhat surprising, considering the team is fully committed to 2010 third-round pick Colt McCoy. But Wallace played decently in four starts last season, and every team could use an experienced backup.
- Wallace's value increased when rookie head coach Pat Shurmur was hired and confirmed the Browns would switch to a West Coast offense. Wallace knows the system well and ran it under Holmgren in Seattle. Cleveland needs at least one quarterback in the meeting rooms and on the sideline who knows the nuances of the offense and won't go through growing pains of learning it for the first time.
- Finally, you have to wonder what this signing means for veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme. Cleveland is committed to McCoy as the starter and just gave a three-year extension to Wallace as a backup, leaving Delhomme's future with the Browns up in the air. Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert also plan to draft a quarterback to develop in the middle or later rounds. Delhomme was signed last year to be a bridge to McCoy, but the rookie was ready sooner than expected. Now without a role, Delhomme could be the odd man out.