Remember back in April when Brady Quinn hilariously had to sit and wait through most of the Draft’s first round for his chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL? Well, it appears he’s going to be waiting a little longer.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Cleveland Browns plan on extending the contract of head coach Romeo Crennel and will push to re-sign restricted free agent quarterback Derek Anderson. Browns GM Phil Savage said that Anderson did enough in his first season as a starter to deserve a long-term contract and said he feels Anderson is clearly the starter heading in to next year.
After compiling a 10-22 record in his first two seasons, Crennel turned to Anderson to help turn his team around. The 24-year-old complied, leading the Browns to a 10-6 record as they narrowly missed the playoffs. Anderson racked up 3,787 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and an 82.5 rating, earning him a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate. The best part is, his emergence as the Browns’ starter shouldn’t have ever happened.
Remember, Quinn told anyone who would listen that he should be the top pick in the draft. He said he was the most prepared, most accomplished and best player in the draft. Apparently legions of executives and scouts disagreed. He fell all the way to No. 22, and luckily for him, the Browns had the ammunition to trade up and get him. If they hadn’t there was a chance Quinn would have dropped even further.
Had Brady Quinn not held out and, instead, shown up at training camp on time, he (by all accounts) would have at least secured the backup role behind incumbent starter Charlie Frye. Because of the money owed to Quinn, the Browns surely would have let Anderson go and put their new golden boy in the backup role. Then, when they traded Frye after week one, Quinn would have been ideally placed to take over as the starter. Instead, he held out and while his agent haggled over escalator clauses and what amounted to about a $500,000 difference, Brady sat in Arizona and missed valuable time in which he could have been learning the offense.
The funny thing is, Quinn ended up with virtually the same contract the Browns were offering him before training camp started. Whoops. And now he’s going to be one of the most highly paid backups in NFL history. Awesome. That to go along with being one of the most overrated quarterbacks in college football history. Two fantastic distinctions. And when you combine that with his Village People impression at his sister’s wedding and grabbing some little kid’s crotch while wearing a pink shirt, Brady has become the most entertaining douchebag this side of Eli Manning.
Great job Brady, keep em coming, we’re loving it.