Less than two weeks after Trent Dilfer's angst about spending another year in Cleveland came into the plain view of the public, the Browns have dealt the unhappy quarterback to the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange, the Browns receive QB Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick.
Dilfer arrived in Cleveland last off-season on the wave of positive notices as a team leader and a positive force in the locker room. Both were badly needed by a Browns club which had a fractious quarterback controversy in 2003 and suffered the locker room gamesmanship of QB Jeff Garcia in 2004.
While Dilfer did provide leadership for the team early in the season, cracks began to show in his relationship with the coaching staff, and particularly offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon around the mid-point of last season. Dilfer was publicly unhappy about the direction of the club late in the first half of a game against Minnesota, and later expressed his unhappiness about the team allowing Frye to run a number of series at a subsequent home game.
Dilfer was moderately successful as the Browns starting quarterback in 2005, taking the club to four wins against seven losses, and throwing for 2,321 yards and eleven touchdowns. Dilfer also tossed twelve interceptions and finished with a 76.9 rating on the season. Charlie Frye finished the season 2-3 as the starting quarterback.
In the 49ers Ken Dorsey (6'4", 218), the Browns are at least getting a capable player who fully expected to be on the sidelines this season. Dorsey spent three years with the 49ers, and started ten games. Dorsey has gone 171-of-316 in his career with eight touchdowns and eleven interceptions. He started three games last season.
Browns general manager Phil Savage put a positive spin on the trade in a press release, saying "Trent Dilfer played an important role in the making over of our football team last year. At this point, to add Ken Dorsey and to give Trent the opportunity to go back home to California is a win-win for all parties."