Browns quarterback Brady Quinn will meet with the media on Wednesday. He’ll surely be asked about the fact that his house is for sale.
A league source tells us that Quinn will say that his plan to sell the home is unrelated to any desire to be traded.
That said, we’re told that, in a “perfect world,” Quinn would prefer a fresh start elsewhere.
The problem is that he lives not in a perfect world, but in Cleveland.
And Browns coach Eric Mangini says that Quinn will not be traded from Cleveland.
More accurately, Mangini says that the team is “not looking to move” Quinn. Which could mean that, if the right offer comes along from a team that is looking to land him, the Browns might listen.
Besides, when it comes to possible trades, teams lie all the time. Last year, for example, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones repeatedly said that there would be no trade for a veteran receiver.
And then the Cowboys traded for a veteran receiver.
Quinn’s desire to get out makes sense, for various reasons. First, he’s never gotten a fair shot in Cleveland. (That said, he bears part of the blame for holding out in 2007, at a time when he might have been in position to take over after Charlie Frye was traded following the regular-season opener.) Second, of the $10.9 million in total escalators tied to taking 70 percent of the snaps in 2009, he can still trigger a $5.9 million escalator for 2011 by taking 70 percent of the snaps in 2010.
In Cleveland, that possibility is looking less and less likely with each snap that Derek Anderson takes.