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Seneca Wallace threw a touchdown on his last pass in Thursday's exhibition. Turns out, it was his last pass for the Browns.
The veteran quarterback was waived Friday by Cleveland, a move that seems to indicate the team will keep former starter Colt McCoy as a backup to rookie Brandon Weeden. Wallace was released along with tight end Evan Moore, a person familiar with the decisions told The Associated Press.
Wallace and Moore were informed of the moves earlier Friday said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have not yet announced their roster cuts. The team must get down to the NFL's mandatory 53-man limit by 9 p.m.
The 31-year-old Wallace spent two seasons with the Browns, who acquired him in a 2011 trade from Seattle, where he had played for Browns president Mike Holmgren. Wallace started seven games for Cleveland.
After coach Pat Shurmur named Weeden his starter, Wallace and McCoy were left to battle for the No. 2 job. Shurmur left open the possibility he would keep both, but decided to waive Wallace and his $2.4 million contract and keep Thad Lewis as his third quarterback. Shurmur coached Lewis in St. Louis.
Wallace completed 16 of 27 passes for 195 yards and two TDs during the preseason. In Thursday's 28-20 loss to Chicago, he threw a 2-yard TD pass with 41 seconds left in the second quarter to cap an 80-yard scoring drive. Following the game, Wallace said he wasn't worried about his future.
''This isn't my first rodeo,'' he said. ''I felt like I've done all I've can. Whatever decision is made is made.''
Wallace's release was first reported by ESPN.com.
McCoy has been the subject of trade speculation for months, but it appears the Browns will keep him to sit behind Weeden. Shurmur has praised McCoy for his professionalism in handling his demotion and insists the third-year QB has improved. McCoy is just 6-15 in two seasons as a starter.
Moore caught 62 passes in three seasons for Cleveland, which signed him last September to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $3 million per year.
However, after having a big training camp in 2011, Moore had a puzzling season as the Browns struggled to figure out how to best use the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder. He had 34 receptions for 324 yards and four touchdowns.
Moore seemed to become expendable with the development of second-year tight end Jordan Cameron. Cleveland also has veterans Ben Watson and Alex Smith.
The Browns are unlikely to announce their roster moves until 2-3 hours after the deadline. But defensive backs David Sims and James Dockery said on Twitter that the team has released them.
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According to several reports, including Patrick McManamon and Tony Grossi, the Browns have cut QB Seneca Wallace.
The move all but assures Colt McCoy of the back-up QB job and that he won’t be traded. Thaddeus Lewis will likely make the 53 man roster as the third string QB.
After the game last night, Wallace hinted that there was a possibility that ‘something would have to happen’...
The Browns cut ties with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace on Friday.Fantasy Spin:Wallace became the odd man out after Cleveland used one of its first-round picks on Oklahoma State star Brandon Weeden. Wallace finishes his career as a Brown with 1,261 passing yards and six touchdowns in 14 games played.
Seneca Wallace among the cuts as the Browns get down to the 53-man limit
As the 32 NFL clubs start releasing players in order to meet tonight’s deadline of having a final 53 man roster, some veteran players will be released. This season is no different than any other season with some surprise moves being made at the 11th hour. It appears that the quarterback situation in Cleveland has been resolved, another veteran has been jettisoned by the New England...
McCoy, who lost his starting job in training camp to rookie Brandon Weeden, is battling Seneca Wallace to be Cleveland's No. 2 QB. McCoy went 2 of 5 for 16 yards and an interception.
In the end, it might have been the numbers that mattered most to the Browns. Colt McCoy's miserable preseason finale on Thursday night didn't cost him his roster spot with the Browns. The numbers were finances. Seneca Wallace was released, clearing his salary which was $1.9 million higher than McCoy's for 2012, and McCoy will stay as the backup to rookie starter Brandon...
The Cleveland Browns made a series of roster moves on Friday in order to reach the NFL required 53-man roster limit. Two veteran players were released. TE Evan Moore and QB Seneca Wallace. Both players are vested veterans and will be free to sign with any other franchise immediately without having to go through waivers. The release of Wallace might not signal that Cleveland is content...
Final cuts are due today by 6:00 PM Pacific (the time was previously reported as 1:00). I'll update this post as the names are released, but it's hard to know when that might happen, it could be five minutes from now, later tonight, or as late as sometime tomorrow.In the meantime, it looks like a few ex-Seahawks have been cut by their new teams. QB Seneca Wallace and...