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Dilfer to 49ers, Dorsey to Browns

The Browns traded Trent Dilfer, whose days as a starting quarterback appear behind him, to San Francisco for Ken Dorsey, who has never emerged as an NFL caliber quarterback, and an undisclosed pick.

The San Francisco 49ers acquired a proven backup quarterback for Alex Smith, getting Trent Dilfer from the Cleveland Browns on Thursday in a trade for quarterback Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick.

Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in 2001, will give the 49ers depth behind Smith, who struggled as a rookie last season after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. “Trent was a player we had interest in last season,” 49ers coach Mike Nolan said in a statement. “We were looking for a veteran quarterback with experience that could help mentor Alex Smith. Trent fits the bill on both counts and we are excited to have him with the 49ers.”

Presuming the pick is either conditional or low (6th or 7th) this move would seem to advantage the 49ers. Dilfer is at least a plausible NFL starter.

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