Cleveland Browns: Why Seneca Wallace Should Be Cut Before NFL Free Agency Begins

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 24:  Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have become the definition of a quarterback carousel since the team returned to football operations before the 1999 NFL season.

Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis have been the latest trio to be subjected to a season full of uncertainty at their position, and it looks like more change is on the horizon in the coming months.

However, Wallace should not even be in a Browns uniform by the end of next week if Cleveland really wants to look for another quarterback in free agency or the 2012 NFL Draft.

Wallace is slated to make $3 million from the Browns in 2012 and is under contract with Cleveland until the 2014 season. The other two quarterbacks on the Browns roster, McCoy and Lewis, will make an estimated total of $1.1 million for the 2012 NFL season.

In fact, the numbers aren't even close between the Browns quarterbacks for the next two upcoming seasons. McCoy was the starting quarterback for the Browns in 2011, but only made a little more than 17% of the same money that Wallace was paid for sitting the bench.

Now, the argument can be made that McCoy does not deserve to be paid more than the $500,000-$700,000 salary that he is due this season. But, that does not explain why the Browns are paying so much for a backup that they have no intention of utilizing in the future.

Reports of Robert Griffin III, Matt Flynn, and even Donovan McNabb (via WFNY) have been linked to Cleveland over the past few weeks, and it seems that the Browns are destined to add at least one arm this offseason.

That means that Wallace would be pushed even further down the depth chart in Cleveland unless the team would trade or release McCoy.

The trade or release of McCoy seems unlikely given his NFL potential and his low cap hit for the next two seasons.

In addition to the financial aspect of this scenario, this is really no reason to keep Wallace on the active roster. McCoy has played well enough to warrant a starting job if the team does not add another quarterback.

Wallace and McCoy actually have similar NFL statistics over the course of their careers. McCoy currently has 4,300 passing yards to his credit while Wallace comes in with around 4,800. But, Wallace has been in the NFL seven years longer than McCoy and has started the same amount of games.

That type of production and starting history doesn't warrant a reason for the Browns to keep Wallace on the roster.

The Browns could use that extra $3 million to sign a quarterback with more potential or a playmaker to finally give McCoy the tools to succeed.

There are many roster decisions that Cleveland will have to make before the 2012 NFL season begins and Wallace does not seem like he is a top priority on the Browns "to-do" list in the coming weeks.

But if cap space gets tight for Cleveland this summer, Wallace may be an expendable piece to an ever-changing puzzle.