Vinny: Enough is Enough, Camp Awaits You

When the Browns selected Brady Quinn with the 22nd selection in the draft, they assumed the responsibility to getting the QB in camp. Little did they know, consumating a deal with Quinn and representative would become such a difficult task.

Training camp is in its second week for rookie players and is going well for the majority. If you are Brady Quinn, you remain on the sideline, losing any opportunity you may have had at winning the starting quarterback job of the Cleveland Browns. Money talks in the National Football League and Quinn, along with his representative are doing a good job of looking for the last penny.

Not that a player entering the league should be viewed any differently that anybody else in regards to seeking the best pay possible, in Quinn's case, the money is sitting on the table for him, as well as the possibility to compete.

Negotiations heated up last week and the parties involved, Condon representing Quinn and Phil Savage of the Browns made significant progress, and both parties were hopeful a deal could be struck to avoid a lengthy holdout. As reported to the Orange and Brown Report by a team source, Condon has been adamant about the length of the contract, void able years, escalators, and guaranteed compensation. Such is the life of a representative and team when negotiating a contract.

The disheartening aspect of the negotiations is the Browns offer to Quinn, as told to the Orange and Brown Report, is significant enough to have a higher dollar value, than players selected ahead of him in the draft (Quinn was the 22nd overall selection). Adding insult to injury, the escalators and guaranteed compensation Condon seeks, could possibly pay Quinn as well as a player selected anywhere from the ninth to fifteenth overall selection.

Despite all the money talk and issues worked through what has become a tense negotiation, Quinn told the Orange and Brown Report a short while back, he wanted everything possible done to ensure he was in camp on time. His goal was to be the starter when the Browns open the season against the Steelers on September 9th.

Words come cheap, players certainly do not.

Quinn is in a no-win situation right now, he can continue to holdout and hope the Browns blink, or he can get into camp, regain the respect he is losing while players are working hard in the Cleveland summer to earn a spot on the roster. Players are a tight bunch in most cases, but there has been grumblings about Quinn's holdout within the troops in Berea, but the players also understand this is business.

Trading away a future first round draft pick (2008) to secure the services of Quinn tells the story as to the Browns' top-brass thoughts on the overall skill and quality with the quarterbacks on the roster. An organization such as the Browns has not been known to deal away the future to secure a player in the now. Forget all the talk the team is of the belief they got their 2008 first round pick a year early and can afford to let Quinn sit and learn.

Brady Quinn was selected due to the evaluation of him being a bargain for this team with the 22nd selection, as the organization had him rated significantly higher on their draft-board. When the team selected Quinn, they basically put their thoughts on the table as to the direction of the organization, which garnered the Browns a quarterback they believe fits into the offensive system, like a glove.

All it takes is a simple yes from either party to end this nonsense and get the future face of the franchise on the practice field. The Browns' organization wants the rookie out on the field learning and competing, the player wants to be in camp, and Condon has stated he only wants a fair deal for his client.

What's fair is fair, the Browns went out of their way to select Quinn, and so it is time to get a deal done to make this a reality. On the other-hand, Quinn was the 22nd player selected, not the 10th, maybe Quinn and Tom Condon need a reality check.

Until next time,

V


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