Despite on-the-record statements to the contrary from all parties concerned, we're hearing that quarterback Trent Dilfer's days with the Browns are over.
On Monday, Dilfer said that he hasn't requested a trade or a release. G.M. Phil Savage also has said that, if the team acquires another veteran quarterback, Dilfer will be retained.
Our guess? If the Browns can add Joey Harrington or Marques Tuiasosopo, Dilfer will land on the trade block. And Savage needs to pretend that he wants to keep Dilfer in order to ensure that the team will get something for him in return.
Dilfer is under contract through 2008, at salaries of $1 million per season.
Meanwhile, there are already rumors making the rounds that the Broncos will exile Jake Plummer to Cleveland after trading up in round one to draft Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler. Though Plummer might no longer be the long-term answer for the Broncos, we can't imagine Coach Kevlar dumping Jake before 2007, at the earliest.
I know Schaub being traded at this point in the year is about as likely as the Oakland Raiders going 19-0 this year, but you never know...