Less attention has been paid to Seneca Wallace, the team’s other veteran quarterback. Wallace, who is under contract for two more years at almost $6 million, wasn’t willing to be a mentor to Colt McCoy last season. He’s singing a different tune this time around.
“I know my job going into my 10th season of being in this offense is to prepare Brandon Weeden to get him right and make sure he’s ready to go for day one,” Wallace said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is a different beast. This is a first-rounder that we drafted, 22nd overall and from a business standpoint you know and everybody else knows and outsiders know that this kid’s got to play. My job as a veteran guy is to make sure he’s ready to play.”
Practicality makes it hard for Wallace to say anything else. He knows that the starting job is going to go to Weeden at some point, so there’s really nothing for him to gain by being intransigent about his role on the team. The situation with McCoy was different. It was a competition and Wallace has been around long enough to know that this won’t play out the same way.
And, as mentioned above, Wallace has almost $6 million reasons to make himself as valuable to the Browns as possible. His job isn’t secure now that Weeden is on the team so he’s doing everything he can to keep it.