BREAKING NEWS UPDATE - Browns trade starting QB Frye to Seattle; Dorsey signed

CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns starting quarterback Charlie Frye, benched before halftime in the season opener, was traded to Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick on Tuesday, a stunningly swift move as Cleveland clears the way for rookie Brady Quinn. The teams have an agreement in place, said a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting quarterback Charlie Frye, benched before halftime in the season opener, was traded to Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick on Tuesday, a stunningly swift move as Cleveland clears the way for rookie Brady Quinn.

The teams have an agreement in place, said a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.

Frye was dealt less than 48 hours after playing poorly and being pulled in the second quarter by coach Romeo Crennel for backup Derek Anderson in the Browns’ 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Frye, who made 13 starts last season and five as a rookie in 2005, beat out Anderson during a drawn-out competition that began during the offseason and carried through training camp and the preseason.

The Browns also are expected to sign quarterback Ken Dorsey, cut 10 days ago by the club, to a one-year contract.

Less than two weeks ago, Browns general manager Phil Savage said “let’s see what Charlie can do with a full deck” this season.

It took less than 20 minutes on Sunday for the club to decide Frye was no longer in their plans.

He went 4-of-10 for 34 yards with an interception — a QB rating of 10.0 — and was sacked five times by the Steelers before Crennel yanked him. Frye’s departure could push Quinn, the former Notre Dame four-year star, up the depth chart.

The Browns want to bring their high-profile first-round pick along slowly, but their timetable may have been sped up following their eighth straight loss to the Steelers, dropping Crennel’s record against AFC North teams to 1-12.

Quinn was Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback against the Steelers, but he’s already No. 1 in the minds of Browns fans, who began chanting “Bra-dy,” “Bra-dy” following another bad throw by Frye in the second quarter Sunday.

Cleveland traded a 2008 first-round pick to Dallas in April’s draft and used the No. 22 overall pick on Quinn, who set 36 passing records for the Fighting Irish.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren had been looking for a backup for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Seneca Wallace filled that role in Sunday’s opener against Tampa Bay, but Seattle would rather use him as a wide receiver and punt returner.

When he was still with the Browns, Dorsey served as a mentor for Quinn, who missed 16 practices during a contract holdout and was absent when the Browns installed sections of their offense under new coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Dorsey, who played under Chudzinski at the University of Miami, could start Sunday at home against the Cincinnati Bengals or serve as a backup if the Browns want to take another look at Anderson — or start Quinn.

Comments

Richard (Anonymous)

This has been up for all this time and nobody has weighed in ? What are the Reflector comments page coming to ?

Okay, I'll go -- I think it's pretty freakin' stupid to pull your QB in the first half after you invested all that time (and money ?) in them for the last two seasons. And that's whether it's Charlie "Local Boy Makes Good" Frye or Otto Graham for that matter. Four sacks were not the QB's fault -- how many of the linemen were benched after that poor offensive performance ?

I will admit that I haven't followed the Browns much since Modell stole the real Browns and took them to Baltimore.

So bring on "Bra-dy" or Dorcy -- the Browns will lose just as many games and they'll all keep getting paid the same.

SteelersFan (An...

The Browns performance was pathetic. It was an embarassment, even to me. If the Browns do not sit Brady for darn near the entire season, then they are morons. Why take a chance on ruining a promising QB by putting him behind a line that couldn't stop the Norwalk Middle Schools defense. Keep brady on the bench, and let him watch and learn. Look at Carson Palmer didn't play in one single game his first year, now he is a top rated QB. Don't do to Quinn what you did to Tim Couch and put him in before he is truly ready. You will only hurt your future. As far as Charlie, I want to see the local boy do good. I am glad he was traded before the browns really have a chance to screw him up. I hope he gets a chance to shine in Seattle.

newseattlefan (...

" This is the best thing that Charlie could hope for. Get to a winning team and be able to work on being a QB instead of a pawn waiting to be replaced by the almighty Quinn. Now he doesn't need to be looking over his shoulder every day and wondering how many plays he has before being yanked. Cleveland fans will get what they want once again and they will be high in the draft next year too. Oh wait a minute, they already took the almighty with next years pick. Will they ever learn that QB controversy never wins games. I wonder who the great fans of Cleveland will be chanting for in two years when they are still at the bottom of the league since Romeo will be gone and they will yet again re-inventing a football team. Charlie will be much better off. He just needed a situation where he could relax and play instead of wondering from day to day if he is playing or not. Since he is there to be the back-up, at least he knows his role. Go ahead Romeo, Keep flipping coins. Hows it working so far??? "

ole huron count...

sorry to hear charlie was traded today!! But hey keep your head up and you will be fine. Within in 2-3 years you can wear your super bowl ring from the seahawks, and when you do stop in berea, and show em what it looks like. What a joke this team is, Go ahead throw brady in there, next thing you know, the guy in section 510 aisle 7 seat 4, will be your QB...The coach is a defense coach, the GM, is a scout and a good one at that. And the Owner is just flat rich, maybe i could get a tryout at 39...LOL Good Luck charlie, cant wait to get my seahawks jersey with your name on the back and wear it.....

Beth (Anonymous)

If they would keep someone long enough to actually play with the team, perhaps they could win. It's not the players' fault they suck. They just can't even learn to play together. They should keep the same people for a while. And I don't know lots about football...I just get stuck watching it with my husband...but even I can see that that's the problem. "

Clowns Fan (Ano...

Charlie Frye was an overachiever who should be proud of the level he attained in the NFL. Unfortunately, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have not improved at all in the past three years, they have actually gotten worse. Quinn, Anderson, Dorsey it doesn't matter who plays the quarterback role as long as Romeo and friends stay in charge.

It's time to start talking to Bill Cowher!

scott (Anonymous)

I will miss Charlie, I graduated with him and he was a nice guy.

molly (Anonymous)

Charlie is a GREAT quarterback! Cleveland threw him to the dogs 3 years ago when they made him a starter half way through the season his rookie year... Changing the QB will only help if they get a half decent offensive line. I only hope they don't do the same to Brady Quinn... but, its Cleveland. Thats the only thing they are good for. Best of Luck Chuck!! Your Family is rooting for you, we love you!!

Brownsfan (Anon...

Charlie isn't a great QB, but he never had the chance to even be a good one. He simply had little talent surrounding him in Cleveland. Factor in some of the decisions made by the coaching staff and front office, and it's even worse.
Charlie's a hard worker, and he's got some skills that could make him a decent NFL QB.
Unfortunately, it wasn't going to happen in Cleveland.
I wish him all the best in Seattle.

harold r myers ...

sure glad my friend is out of that loony bin what a poorly run football operation from the top to the bottom start over good luck