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Browns release former Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace

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CLEVELAND -- Seneca Wallace threw a touchdown on his last pass in Thursday's preseason game. Turns out, it was his last pass for the Browns.
The veteran quarterback was waived Friday by Cleveland, a move that seems to indicate the team will keep former starter Colt McCoy as a backup to rookie Brandon Weeden. Wallace was released along with tight end Evan Moore, a person familiar with the decisions told The Associated Press.
Wallace and Moore were informed of the moves earlier Friday said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have not yet announced their roster cuts. The team must get down to the NFL's mandatory 53-man limit by 9 p.m.
The 31-year-old Wallace spent two seasons with the Browns, who acquired him in a 2011 trade from Seattle, where he had played for Browns president Mike Holmgren. Wallace started seven games for Cleveland.
After coach Pat Shurmur named Weeden his starter, Wallace and McCoy were left to battle for the No. 2 job. Shurmur left open the possibility he would keep both, but decided to waive Wallace and his $2.4 million contract and keep Thad Lewis as his third quarterback. Shurmur coached Lewis in St. Louis.
Wallace completed 16 of 27 passes for 195 yards and two TDs during the preseason. In Thursday's 28-20 loss to Chicago, he threw a 2-yard TD pass with 41 seconds left in the second quarter to cap an 80-yard scoring drive. Following the game, Wallace said he wasn't worried about his future.
"This isn't my first rodeo," he said. "I felt like I've done all I've can. Whatever decision is made is made."
Wallace's release was first reported by
McCoy has been the subject of trade speculation for months, but it appears the Browns will keep him to sit behind Weeden. Shurmur has praised McCoy for his professionalism in handling his demotion and insists the third-year QB has improved. McCoy is just 6-15 in two seasons as a starter.
Moore caught 62 passes in three seasons for Cleveland, which signed him last September to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $3 million per year.
However, after having a big training camp in 2011, Moore had a puzzling season as the Browns struggled to figure out how to best use the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder. He had 34 receptions for 324 yards and four touchdowns.
Moore seemed to become expendable with the development of second-year tight end Jordan Cameron. Cleveland also has veterans Ben Watson and Alex Smith.
The Browns are unlikely to announce their roster moves until 2-3 hours after the deadline. But defensive backs David Sims and James Dockery said on Twitter that the team has released them.
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