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SeneCat runs its course
Seneca Wallace’s seven-season run with the Seahawks has come to an end.
The club traded the backup quarterback Monday to the Cleveland Browns, where Wallace will be reunited with Mike Holmgren. Now the president of the Browns, Holmgren was the Seahawks’ coach in 2003 when Wallace was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
The Seahawks received an undisclosed 2011 draft choice in the trade.
“This will give Seneca a chance for a fresh start,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement released by the team. “The Browns front office’s familiarity with his abilities will give him an opportunity to compete for playing time. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Wallace, who turns 30 in August, started two games last season when Matt Hasselbeck was sidelined because of broken ribs. The Seahawks lost both games. Wallace also had starting stints in 2008 (eight games) and 2006 (four games) when Hasselbeck was injured. He was 5-9 overall as the starter.
A gifted athlete, Wallace also was used sparingly last season as a situational runner, receiver and passer in a version of the Wildcat offense that was dubbed the SeneCat. He completed 78 of 120 passes for 700 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions; had 16 carries for 2 yards; and caught two passes for 29 yards.
His most productive season came in 2008, when he completed 141 of 242 passes for 1,532 yards, with 11 TDs and three interceptions.
Wallace leaves with career totals of 3,547 passing yards, 25 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions; 214 rushing yards; and four receptions for 76 yards. His most memorable play came in the Seahawks’ win over the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 NFC Championship game at Qwest Field, when Wallace caught a 28-yard pass from Hasselbeck that helped set up the team’s first touchdown.
He did not play in his first two seasons and became the backup in 2005 after Trent Dilfer for traded to the Browns.
With Wallace’s departure, the Seahawks have only two quarterbacks on their roster – Hasselbeck and Mike Teel, a sixth-round draft choice last year.