Camp Notes: Goodbye, QB Competition

A gigantic shockwave roared over the heads of the assembled media this afternoon. No, not that the trade of Trent Dilfer leaves Charlie Frye as the #1 quarterback. Rather, the shock was that head coach Romeo Crennel actually admitted as much. This, and more on the Browns QB swap in our afternoon mini-camp report...

Even Romeo Crennel admits trading Trent Dilfer to San Francisco Thursday means Charlie Frye is the starting quarterback for the Browns. Crennel usually says all jobs are wide open.

Charlie might have a leg up, just to let you know," Crennel said.

General Manager Phil Savage agreed.

I think this certainly thrusts Charlie a step up the ladder," Savage said before the first practice of minicamp began Friday afternoon. "Romeo and I talked about that in terms of if we make this move, Charlie is our guy unless Dorsey comes in here and just wows us.

Charlie deserves it. He's worked extremely hard this spring. He's been here sun up to sun down. I think the players have gravitated to him being the leader of the team on offense. We don't play for another four months. At this point it's deserving to say, going forward, he's the No. 1 quarterback."

Dilfer was traded to the 49ers for backup quarterback Ken Dorsey and a seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft. It means the quarterbacks for 2006 are Frye, Dorsey and Derek Anderson. At this point Savage has no plans to go after another quarterback.

Jeff Blake, Shane Matthews, Tony Banks, Jay Fiedler and Kerry Collins are some of the quarterbacks available.

They're unemployed for a reason," Savage said.

Savage said he knew before the draft Dilfer would probably be traded but that it did not affect the draft plans. He also said the Browns would have done nothing differently in free agency.

Nine quarterbacks have changed teams since free agency began March 1. Most of them are backups. The best of the bunch is Drew Brees, who went from San Diego to New Orleans and Jon Kitna who went from Cincinnati to Detroit.

Dorsey was a seventh-round draft choice by the 49ers in 2003. He played in 12 games with 10 starts over the last two seasons. He completed 171 of 316 passes for 1,712 yards, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

"When (Dorsey) has some time, he can make some throws," Crennel said. "When he didn't have protection, he got killed. He made some bad throws. When they gave him time, he was able to stick the ball in and make some plays."


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