While the Browns commence practice at their Berea, Ohio training facility this week, quarterback Brady Quinn is still sitting on the sidelines. Granted, it has only been a couple days, the longer this holdout continues, the less time Quinn will have to learn the Browns’ offense. The holdout, no doubt, has drawn attention from around the league. And a league insider (who is nameless) told Patrick McManamon of the Akron Beacon-Journal that Quinn should expect to wait for quite some time if his contract demands are out of line with the )spot for which he was drafted (#22 in this case).
The insider stated that Quinn “doesn’t have much (leverage) right now.” He also mentioned that if the Browns were smart, they could just play their two current QB’s (Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson) and either let Quinn go back into the draft or trade him next year. The last – and most obvious – thing the Browns need right now is for Quinn to miss an appreciable amount of training camp and the season due to this holdout as this would be counterproductive for all parties involved. But here’s where it gets interesting.
Quinn, as we all know, was drafted #22. Quinn’s agent, for reasons unknown, want Quinn to get money that is above what a #22 would get. The Browns obviously disagree as they have said all along that they had Quinn at #22 all along (jury’s out on that). The Browns retain Quinn’s rights for one year. If for whatever reason they cannot sign him, he sits out this season then simply reenters the 2008 NFL draft (where he would probably be TOP 10 as the QB position appears to be fairly weak). Also keep in mind that Quinn’s agent is Tom Condon, who represents Matt Leinart, Cade McNown, and 2 busts (Heath Shuler and Tim Couch). All 4 QB’s, with the exception of Couch, held out. So a common thread is there.
Quinn, being the marquee player that he is, by holding out, also runs the risk of wasting the goodwill that was generated when the Browns drafted. And he may quite possibly be losing sight of the overall big picture. Quinn was spotted signing autographs at a local shopping mall at $75 a pop; Quinn claims that he had no idea that money wasa being charged for said autographs. For some reason, and maybe this is just me, Quinn is a liar or he is incredibly naive (any business major at Notre Dame would confirm that). Regardless, that’s a waste of valuable time for Quinn as he could be doing something more productive (such as telling his agent to just “git-r-done”).
With this saga not ending any time soon, it’s obvious that there are no winners in this. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Browns fans lose, Browns GM Phil Savage loses, head coach Romeo Crennel loses (literally, like lose his job), and quite possibly Quinn. Some phone calls need to be made between Condon and the Browns and try to get this resolved as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you can expect a typical Browns product on the field for the 2007 campaign.