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Browns Get Dilfer From the Seahawks

Associated Press
Sunday, March 6, 2005; Page E15

The Cleveland Browns didn't wait long to find an experienced quarterback, trading a fourth-round draft pick to Seattle for veteran Trent Dilfer yesterday.

The Browns were left with two inexperienced quarterbacks after Kelly Holcomb signed a four-year deal with Buffalo on Friday. They released starter Jeff Garcia earlier this offseason.

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Enter Dilfer, who became expendable in Seattle after starter Matt Hasselbeck signed a six-year, $49 million contract last month. Dilfer, who will turn 33 on March 13, appeared in 11 games last season, leading the Seahawks to victories in his only two starts.

The trade, contingent on league approval and Dilfer passing a physical, reunites the 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback with Browns General Manager Phil Savage.

Savage was Baltimore's player personnel director when Dilfer took over for starter Tony Banks midway through the 2000 season and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship.

SAINTS: New Orleans signed former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jermane Mayberry to a four-year contract.

Mayberry, 6-4 and 325 pounds, spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Eagles, helping the team reach the Super Bowl this past season.

DOLPHINS: Miami signed defensive end Vonnie Holliday to a two-year contract. Holliday was released by Kansas City on Feb. 22. The seven-year NFL veteran was with the Chiefs for two seasons.

He started three games last season and had nine tackles. He has played in 91 career games, with 220 tackles.


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