Perhaps we may have a Brady Quinn sighting in Browns camp pretty soon after all. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, negotitations between the team and quarterback Brady Quinn are progressing along nicely, with the items tossed about being the amount of guaranteed money during the length of the contract, the amount of playing time required to trigger the escalators in the contract and the total amount of the incentive package.
Here are the specifics as we know them: the Browns and Team Quinn are only about $500,000 apart in the guaranteed money department; Browns general manager Phil Savage had stated last Friday that he was willing to pay a “quarterback premium” above the #22 slot of the draft (in this case the #20 spot) to get Quinnn signed and into camp. Another sticking point: Quinn’s agent, Tom Condon, wants Quinn to max out the contract through playing time only – either by playing 55% of the snaps twice or 70% once during the first three years. The Browns have basically agreed to those terms, except that they want Quinn to reach other milestones such as being selected to the Pro Bowl to max out the deal. To date, the total compensation package offered to Quinn is around $30 million for 5 years (including incentives).
The above progress in the Quinn negotiations, compared to about this time last week, is rather significant. Last week there was speculation about Quinn not showing up for camp for the long haul and the remote possibility of of the Browns just cutting their losses and allowing Quinn to re-enter the draft next year. $30 million for five years seems especially fair considering how late Quinn was drafted, so what few obstacles that are remaining should be attainable. And i suspect that the Browns have a sense of urgency in getting Quinn signed as soon as possible as QB’s Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson are not the answer to the team’s long-term QB needs. Assuming that the aforementioned obstacles are overcome, we could see Quinn in camp as early as mid-week.