Seneca Wallace has been released, and the No. 2 quarterback job looks like it belongs to Colt McCoy.
The Browns won’t make public the final roster cuts to the 53-man limit until late tonight – they are due to the league office at 9 p.m. – but they started trickling in through Twitter this afternoon.
Tight end Evan Moore was a surprise cut after signing an extension last year that already paid him more than $4 million. He also shared the team lead with four touchdown catches in 2011. But second-year tight end Jordan Cameron passed him on the depth chart, and coach Pat Shurmur was never happy with Moore’s blocking.
Also cut (according to reports and personal tweets): defensive tackles Brian Schaefering and Ronnie Cameron, cornerback James Dockery, receivers Josh Cooper and Rod Windsor, safety David Sims, tight end Dan Gronkowski, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw, defensive end William Green and linebacker Benjamin Jacobs.
That would leave the roster at 63, with 10 more moves to come.
Wallace is 32 years old and was due $2.4 million if he made the team. He said the contract might’ve played a role in the decision to go with McCoy as rookie Brandon Weeden’s backup.
“It started probably back in OTAs and minicamp, what direction they probably wanted to go in,” Wallace said on SiriusXM Radio. “A lot of times it’s not about your performance, sometimes it’s about the numbers, what you’re getting paid, or whatever the case may be. I don’t know if I fell victim to that, but it is what it is and it’s time to move on. I can’t get down about it.”
Wallace joined the Browns in 2010 and started seven games, winning one. Wallace was behind McCoy throughout camp and played sparingly in the preseason. He went 3-for-4 with a touchdown Thursday and finished the preseason 16-for-27 (59 percent) for 195 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 90.8 rating.
“As long as I know every time I stepped on the field and tried to make plays and put us in the best situation to win games, that’s the only thing you can do,” Wallace said. “I felt like my years here in Cleveland I gave it all I had every opportunity I did get, and hopefully I can move on to bigger and better things and I wish nothing but the best for the Browns.”
McCoy, 25 and with a salary of $540,000, was just 2-for-5 with an interception Thursday night, but played well in the preseason as a whole. He finished 20-for-29 (69 percent) for 250 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a 92.6 rating, and has repeatedly stated his increased comfort level in the West Coast Offense in his second season running it.
“I’ve practiced well, I’ve improved, I feel confident,” McCoy said Thursday night.
Philadelphia reporter Howard Eskin tweeted the Browns may have interest in veteran quarterback A.J. Feeley. He was with general manager Tom Heckert and Shurmur in Philadelphia, and Shurmur also coached him in St. Louis.
But Feeley didn’t participate in a training camp after playing five games for the Rams last season. The Browns may like him as the No. 3 quarterback and mentor, but likely wouldn’t sign him until after Week 1, when veteran contracts are no longer guaranteed for the season.
Cooper, Shaw and Cameron are expected to land on the practice squad if not claimed by another team.
“Been given a great opportunity with the Cleveland Browns, looking forward to tomorrow to find out if i remain here or get signed elsewhere,” Cameron tweeted.
The waiving of Sims was a mild surprise. He had two interceptions in the preseason, but couldn’t play free safety and didn’t shine on special teams. The move likely means Usama Young and Bubba Ventrone made it as the backup safeties.
“I would Like to thank The Cleveland Browns for giving me an opportunity. Greatly appreciated,” Sims tweeted. “No P Squad!”
Tom Pelissero also reported linebacker Solomon Elimimian was headed to Cleveland for a physical and a spot on the practice squad. Elimimian spent two years in the Canadian Football League.
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