The Browns and Brady Quinn have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract for what is believed to be an estimated $20.2 million, and could reach a total value of $30 million with escalators. The contract contains $7.75 million in guaranteed money, as reported first by FOXSports' Jay Glazier.
Quinn's signing and arrival in Cleveland ultimately ends one debate and starts a new one for the Browns.
During the early stages of training camp, Cleveland quarterbacks Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson have not performed well. The position remains a serious issue for a team looking to rebound from a 4-12 season a year ago. Getting Quinn into camp as soon as possible could have an effect on the competition at the position, if the rookie signal-caller from Notre Dame can step in and perform impressively from the start.
This pre-season, the Browns have had their most realistic hopes for growth and competitiveness since 2002. While still pointing a finger towards 2008, GM Savage has noted the time has come to begin seeing results.
Although Quinn struggled at times during the team's off-season training activities and mini-camp, the organization was much more impressed with their rookie draft selection than most in the media. Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel argued that Quinn became much more consistent following an opening day where the rookie threw three interceptions. Quinn made progress learning the complex Cleveland offense, as well as adjusting to the speed of the game surrounded by new players.
One would think that being two weeks behind other rookes would present an obstacle which simply can't be overcome.
This would be the case, if the team was confident in the players lining up under center. They're not, and shouldn't be.
Drafted partially because of the perception that he would be a good fit for the Cleveland's new offensive scheme, Quinn has been working out extensively in Arizona since the start of camp. He has been working with numerous professional players, and in some cases working on plays in the Browns' offensive playbook.
Entering the first pre-season game this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns are still very much unsettled at the quarterback position, with Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, and Ken Dorsey in line to see reps against the Chiefs. Whether Quinn will see any playing time will depend on his preparation and conditioning after meeting with the coaching staff.
With a few short weeks remaining in training camp, Quinn is still in a position to win the starting quarterback role, but he will need to quickly come in and win over his teammates and coaching staff. Thanks to his competition's inability to firmly grasp the reins, Quinn still has a shot.