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Browns, Cowboys exchange wideouts

By wire services
Published October 20, 2004

IRVING, Texas - Antonio Bryant and Quincy Morgan are switching teams in a trade of receivers and former second-round draft picks hoping for fresh starts in new places.

Bryant stayed with the Cowboys even after throwing a sweaty jersey onto coach Bill Parcells' face during a workout in June. But he was traded Tuesday to the Browns for Morgan, who is from the Dallas area.

"It's a change of scenery for Antonio, and something we think can motivate Quincy to be at home and play near his family," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "This is just a chance where we think Quincy is a better fit for us than Antonio was for the Cowboys."

Both receivers have shown flashes of becoming stars since they were drafted, Morgan from Kansas State in 2001, a year before Bryant left Pittsburgh after his junior season.

Bryant caught 44 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns while starting 15 games as a rookie in 2002, before Parcells arrived.

After he started just five times last season, with 39 catches for 559 yards and two TDs, Bryant's outburst with Parcells came because he was upset about the amount of time he got behind Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn, receivers that had played for the coach before rejoining him in Dallas.

Bryant was removed by security from the practice and didn't rejoin the team until training camp. He has 16 catches for 266 yards this season, and had just one for 22 yards in a loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Morgan, who would have been a free agent at the end of the season, agreed to a contract extension through 2005 before the trade was completed. Bryant is signed through next year.

"It's one of the few trades that I've ever seen that it's really a win-win for everybody," Cleveland coach Butch Davis said. "Quincy Morgan is from Texas so he gets to go home; Antonio Bryant wanted a new start."

Rice trade complete

KIRKLAND, Wash. - The trade that sent the greatest receiver in NFL history from Oakland to Seattle was formally announced after the league trade deadline passed.

Seattle gave up a seventh-round draft choice in 2005 to acquire 42-year-old Jerry Rice. To make room on their roster, the Seahawks released rookie punter Donnie Jones.

"We have a young, good football team," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "By adding Jerry to the puzzle, I really believe with all my heart, it's going to help us this season immediately."

Rice will play plenty with his new team, and Holmgren plans to use more four-receiver sets. Rice will move from flanker, a position he has played his entire career, to split end.

"He told me, 'I'll do anything you want me to do,' " Holmgren said.

CHARGERS: Former Jefferson High star Reche Caldwell will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in Sunday's loss at Atlanta.

Caldwell is expected to have surgery in the next few days, general manager A.J. Smith said. Caldwell had 18 catches for 310 yards - an average of 17.2 yards - and three scores.

The Chargers added two wide receivers, trading for Keenan McCardell and signing free agent Bobby Shaw, who caught five passes for 59 yards for the Bills this year before being released last week.

RAVENS: Wide receiver Patrick Johnson signed to his second stint with the team. He spent four seasons with the Ravens after being drafted in the second round in 1998. The seven-year veteran has yet to play a down in the NFL this season after breaking his hand during the preseason and receiving an injury waiver from Cincinnati.

[Last modified October 20, 2004, 00:18:19]


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