Though it might happen eventually, the role won’t be handed to Quinn — just as it wasn’t handed to him in Cleveland.
“It’ll be interesting,” owner Pat Bowlen told Mike Klis of the Denver Post at the league meetings in Orlando. “He’s
got the right tools and pedigree. Kyle’s still our quarterback,
absolutely. Quinn hasn’t beaten Kyle out. He hasn’t thrown a football.”
But if Orton doesn’t sign his one-year tender offer before the time offseason practices commence, Quinn will get a chance to throw plenty of footballs in the absence of Orton. And that will only enhance the possibility of Quinn beating Orton out.
So having Quinn around provides not only insurance but also leverage at $700,000 in base salary — making it a wise move, especially since the Browns basically gave away the man for whom they gave up a first-round and a second-round pick.