When the National Football Post came out with a report that the Cleveland Browns may be interested in Seattle Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace, it generated a fair amount of intrigue (obviously) among bloggers and media sources alike.
The match appears to be there. The Browns are under the management of ex-Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who groomed Wallace into a serviceable quarterback.
The Browns are going to address the QB position one way or another—Holmgren is not going to stand pat with what's on his roster. Derek Anderson is high-priced and extremely underwhelming, and Brady Quinn may not be Holmgren's cup of tea.
Don't get me wrong, Wallace is not a franchise QB in the making; but he does represent an upgrade over what the Browns currently have.
When starting in the place of an injured Matt Hasselbeck, he has compiled a career stat line of:
48 G, 333 CMP, 556 ATT, 55.9 PCT, 3547 yards, 6.4 AVG, 25 TD, 14 INT, and an 83.1 QBR.
That's fairly solid, and you can bet there are at least several teams who would have welcomed the production he is capable of over what they got in 2009.
If the Browns are serious about trading for Wallace and it gets as far as serious discussion (as the title implies), could a possible Wallace for Jerome Harrison swap occur?
The Browns tendered Harrison at a second-round compensation level, essentially telling teams, "Hey, if you want this guy bad enough, we might be amenable to listening to an offer".
Coughing up a little more dough and placing the first round tender on him would essentially be a signal to teams they have no plans on dealing him.
We bloggers have no idea how much Holmgren values him (he is the most productive RB on the roster), but Holmgren could be looking for "his guy" at the position. With the plethora of available guys on the open market and an abundance of draft picks, he would have options if Harrison were dealt.
The Seahawks are actively pursuing another RB to pair with Justin Forsett. They need an upgrade over free agent-bust Julius Jones, and Harrison could provide that.
A pair of options on the open market who would arguably represent more of an upgrade than Wallace would be recently cut Jake Delhomme and soon-to-be-cut Marc Bulger.
It all depends on Holmgren's preference for familiarity, potential, or veteran leadership for his immediate plans at the QB position, in addition to his willingness to part with Harrison.
If Holmgren formally comes calling to his old team for Wallace as rumored, Harrison as a possible return could be an idea that's tossed around.
I expect the full outrage of the Cleveland fan base for even suggesting this. Let the discussion commence!