Now, let me get this straight right out of the gates. I don’t think the Browns are actually going to trade Brady Quinn. Especially considering what we’ve heard about Eric Mangini and his preferences for players with leadership ability, poise, and professionalism. If there are qualities that belong on Quinn’s resume, we know more about his abilities in this realm than we do about his viability as a talent on the field. That being said, the loosest of Internet rumors is floating around that Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers could be dealt for Denver’s Jay Cutler and a 3rd round pick.
There are a variety of reasons that I don’t believe this rumor. First of all, the details are WAY too specific. Remember what details we had about the Browns trading Kellen Winslow? That’s right. None. So, you think with this Browns organization, with so many of the Browns “anonymous sources” having been let go, that this level of detail is going to be available about a deal that might take place? That’s right. It wouldn’t be available.
So, let’s pull this back from reality and into the hypothetical. At this point, I think we know how most people feel about Derek Anderson as a potential starting quarterback for this team. Given the pure lack of knowledge and game tape available on Quinn so far, would you be comfortable trading him? Although I don’t buy the rumor, would you rather go into the season with the unknown (Quinn) or would you rather go in with a known quantity like Jay Cutler?
When we were chatting about it over email this morning, RockKing was tentatively stating that he didn’t necessarily feel it was a bad idea. He called Cutler a rich man’s D.A. I, on the other hand, am not so sure. Yes, I know more about Cutler than I do about Quinn, but I don’t find Cutler to be the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. If he was even close to John Elway, you know the Broncos wouldn’t even be linked to the idea of getting rid of him.
Maybe having LeBron James has spoiled me as a sports fan, but I am no longer satisfied looking for a serviceable person to lead the Cleveland Browns. Why should I accept serviceable, when every year teams pick smart in the draft and occasionally get lucky in locking up a guy who turns out to be a future hall of famer? While I don’t know if Brady Quinn is that guy or not, I certainly don’t think he has been given a reasonable shot yet.
I am just one man, with one opinion, though. What do you guys think? How would you react if the Browns traded Brady Quinn?
(Update: The OBR checks in with the salary cap ramifications of this one. Nahgahnahappen)