Citing those wonderful unnamed sources that everyone is such a fan of, it would seem that the Browns turned down two trade offers for QB Brady Quinn – deals that each included a No. 1 draft pick. This of course brings up plenty of speculation as to what the Browns are planning to do with their quarterbacks. To be honest, it is not all that surprising that these offers were rejected, as it has been stated there will be an open quarterback competition in the summer (a phrase that has become vomit-inducing for me in recent years).
While the unnamed source in the article thinks this means the job is essentially Quinn’s with this news, I wouldn’t be so sure to just assume Quinn is the Browns’ starting quarterback right away. Mangini and Kokinis have been utterly unpredictable since coming to Cleveland, but I still have a hard time accepting the notion that Derek Anderson would somehow win the job over Brady Quinn, even just for the sheer symbolism of it. Quinn represents some idea of starting over with a clean slate while Anderson represents the inconsistencies and downfalls of the past regime. Image alone should give Quinn the nod but, again, it’s tough to tell what ManKok is thinking.
Take all this with a grain of salt, because who knows how true any of this is. If it is true, then I find it to be particularly encouraging. Perhaps it shows that ManKok values Quinn on some level, and something tells me that it is not just as a back-up.