CLEVELAND -- Nearly two months before the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns landed their starting quarterback. Or at least their tutoring quarterback.
Ty Detmer agreed to a seven-year contract and a trade from the San Francisco 49ers to Cleveland, sources told The Associated Press on Monday. Detmer, who has the right to turn down a trade and did so several weeks ago, will earn nearly $3 million next season and $14 million for the entire contract.Detmer, 31, who has backed up Brett Favre and Steve Young, could be the starter for the expansion Browns. But the team is expected to use the first overall pick in April's draft to select Tim Couch of Kentucky. Detmer also could serve as a teacher for Couch.
Detmer approved the trade Monday night, said a source who asked not to be identified. The seven-year NFL veteran and winner of the 1990 Heisman Trophy was on a hunting trip in Utah when he agreed to the trade and the contract.
Cleveland and San Francisco will swap picks in the fourth round and the Browns' fifth-round pick goes to San Francisco for Detmer, who has completed 407 passes for 4,807 yards and 27 touchdowns in 44 NFL games.
The Browns and 49ers worked on a deal involving Detmer for about two weeks. Cleveland's president is Carmen Policy, who formerly held that position with San Francisco, and the Browns' general manager is Dwight Clark, a former 49ers player and executive.
San Francisco sent defensive end Roy Barker and tight end Irv Smith to the Browns on Feb. 12, after the Browns took 49ers cornerback Antonio Langham in the expansion draft Feb. 9, saving the 49ers considerable salary cap space.
Detmer, 31, signed with San Francisco before last season as a free agent after two years as a starter for Philadelphia. He also spent four years in Green Bay.