For now, the Browns are willing to go with Charlie Frye, Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson as their quarterbacks. It is a group long on enthusiasm but short on
Dorsey, a seventh-round draft choice of the 49ers in 2003, has 10 career
starts. Frye has five starts and Anderson none. Coach Romeo Crennel said Dorsey
will be assessed through the June mini-camp and then he and general manager Phil
Savage will determine whether they have to find someone else. In the end, Dorsey
and Anderson could end up competing for the third quarterback job.
The problem for the Browns is there is little to choose from among available
veteran quarterbacks. Jeff Blake, Shane Matthews, Tony Banks, Jay Fiedler and
Kerry Collins are on the list. The Browns have no plans to pursue any of them at
this point, Savage said.
"They're unemployed for a reason," Savage said.
One possibility if Dorsey does not work out is Vinny Testaverde. Unlike
Collins, Testaverde would not expect to start. At 42, he would be a coach in the
locker room for Frye. Plus, he showed in a similar role with the Jets last
season that he still has a strong arm after 19 years in the league.
Crennel has first-hand experience with Testaverde. He was a defensive
assistant with the Jets in 1998 and 1999 when Testaverde was the Jets'
"I think Vinny is a great leader," Crennel said. "He's a student of the game.
He studies the offense. He executes the plan. He tries to help young
quarterbacks. I think Vinny would be good in that role.
"There's always a chance (Testaverde could end up with the Browns). Whether
he will or not, I'm not sure. That's something I have in the back of my mind,
but it's not something I'm looking into."
Testaverde played for the Browns from 1993-95. He was the winning quarterback
when the Browns beat New England 20-13 in a wild-card round playoff game on Jan.
1, 1995, their last playoff victory. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards
and one touchdown in that game. He did not throw an interception.
- Browns quarterbacks Charlie Frye, Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson are a
combined 4-11 as NFL starters.
- Jim Brown, arguably the most famous player ever to play for the Browns,
is now an executive advisor with the team. He spoke to the rookies after the
second day of mini-camp and was not bothered by the fact most of them did
not know his history.
"That's okay," he said. "I once talked to 25 black baseball players and
asked them who Jackie Robinson was. Only three of them could tell me. As
long as the message was good, they listened to what I had to say."
- Rookie nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo weighs 302 pounds. He says he can
play at 320 and not lose any quickness.
- More than a dozen undrafted rookies were invited to mini-camp as tryout
players. Andrew Pace, a 6-foot, 198-pound defensive back from Vanderbilt,
caught Crennel's eye and was signed to a contract.