Most of the Cleveland Browns rookies will be on the field today in Berea for the first day of a four-day rookie camp. As has been talked about for weeks, the two biggest rookies the team has – OT Joe Thomas and QB Brady Quinn, who both went in the first round, will be sitting at home today, and not in Berea with the team.
The agent for Quinn, Tom Condon, and the Browns met on Sunday for over three hours, trying to hammer out a deal to get the QB into camp. Reports say that there is a rather large gap between what Condon thinks his client should get, and what the Browns are offering. Quinn slipped in the draft to the Browns, but likely still thinks he should get top 10 money as the teams quarterback of the future. Sources say that a deal is not close for Quinn to be on the field at this time.
As for Thomas, neither the number one or number two picks have come to terms, so that means that the market vaule for Thomas still is up in the air somewhat. Once JaMarcus Russell, the number one pick, signs his deal with Oakland, and/or Calvin Johnson signs his deal with the Lions, it should be better understood what Thomas can demand from being the number three pick.
Second-round cornerback Eric Wright, who slipped as well in the draft, also is unsigned, and the team is still working on trying to get him in before the rest of the team shows up later in the week.
This is a tough situation for the Browns, as some think it is going to be very tough to try and figure out what exactly Quinn is worth. Thomas should be a lot easier in the end to get a deal done with, but as far as Quinn goes, this thing could really slide late into the summer and likely into the preseason.