Frye Trade Makes Sense for Both Browns, Seahawks
Today's trade of quarterback Charlie Frye from the Cleveland Browns to the Seattle Seahawks works for both teams.
For the Browns, the path is now cleared for prized rookie Brady Quinn to take over as the starting quarterback. The first-round draft pick had a good preseason, and there were rumblings even before Coach Romeo Crennel picked Frye as the starter entering the season that Quinn could be elevated within a few weeks. It's possible that the Browns first will give the job to Derek Anderson for a few weeks, but it's now virtually certain that Quinn will be the team's starter sooner rather than later. The Browns are re-signing Ken Dorsey to be the club's third quarterback and a mentor of sorts to Quinn, with whom Dorsey is close.
The Seahawks, who surrendered a late-round draft choice for Frye, now have a somewhat-experienced backup for starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Frye, at least initially, probably will be behind Seneca Wallace on the depth chart. But having Frye could enable the Seahawks to use the multi-talented Wallace at wide receiver with some regularity without having to worry about an injury to Wallace leaving them shorthanded at quarterback. The Seahawks tried before the season to add an experienced backup quarterback, inquiring about the Washington Redskins' Mark Brunell.
By Mark Maske |
September 11, 2007; 4:19 PM ET
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