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Quinn finally realizes money isn’t everything

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In signing with the Chiefs, quarterback Brady Quinn apparently didn’t take the best financial offer he could find.  Instead, he went with the best fit.  (Peyton Manning would have said, “Get both.”)

Quinn will now be reunited with coach Romeo Crennel and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, both of whom worked with Quinn in Cleveland.  It actually gives Quinn a bit of an edge over incumbent starter Matt Cassel.

You can’t make every decision in life based on money,” Quinn told the Kansas City Star, via NFL.com.  “For me, personally, I had to make the best decision I felt like for me.  And Kansas City was the right choice.”

Quinn would have been wise to take that advice five years ago, after he was drafted by the Browns following a gum-chewing, tie-askewing free-fall in round one.  Quinn held out of training camp in order to obtain guarantees that he’d be paid like he’d been drafted much higher than the 20s, if/when he became the starter.  But the holdout put him behind Derek Anderson, who played after the one-and-done Charlie Frye experiment in 2007 with the calm of a guy who knew he was eventually going to be benched.

As a result, Anderson played well, the Browns failed to realize why Anderson played well, and then in 2008 when Anderson was the No. 1 guy and Quinn was No. 2, Anderson looked over his shoulder just enough to not play as well as he needed to play.

Quinn didn’t either, once he got an opportunity, and the Browns gave up on him, trading him to Denver for new teammate Peyton Hillis, among other things.

In the end, Quinn never unlocked the starter money he held out to get.  And so, by losing millions, he has learned an extremely valuable lesson.

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29 Responses to “Quinn finally realizes money isn’t everything”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:04 PM

    favre to the 9ers

  2. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    Underrated quarterback, just makes poor decisions. A lot.

  3. ytownie says: Mar 19, 2012 5:11 PM

    Maybe Quinn can work his way up so that Romeo can flip a coin like he did in Cleveland to determine the starting QB. Great evaluation RAC. And, isn’t it ironic that Quinn and Hillis will be low cost teamates.

  4. duanethomas says: Mar 19, 2012 5:17 PM

    I wonder if he is still with that blonde tart he brought to the draft?

  5. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 19, 2012 5:21 PM

    And so, by losing millions, he has learned an extremely valuable lesson.

    You can’t lose what you don’t have.

  6. ernestbynershands says: Mar 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    If Brady wants to keep making decisions not based on money, he ought to be concerned about whether NFL GMs make decisions based on talent.

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    Quinn will now be reunited with coach Romeo Crennel and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, both of whom worked with Quinn in Cleveland. It actually gives Quinn a bit of an edge over incumbent starter Matt Cassel.

    ______________________________

    Remind me how that worked out in Cleveland again?

  8. omgitskardashian says: Mar 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    Honestly, who knows anymore? This could be the Harbaugh-Smith story of the year. With that talent around him, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. Plus Matt Cassel is a ton of money for a ton of nothing.

  9. heimerz says: Mar 19, 2012 5:44 PM

    Translation = I think I can beat out Matt Cassel and I know I can beat out Tyler Palko.

  10. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 19, 2012 5:48 PM

    the fact that Cassel sucks might also give Quinn an advantage

  11. huskersrock1 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:03 PM

    Given Quinn’s talent he should take every dollar he can get.

  12. godofwine330 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:10 PM

    I wish Quinn the best even though he didn’t work out in Cleveland. Maybe he can chance, “Now I’m done.” to “Now I get it.” He’s got a shot, and as an NFL player that is all you need or 18 inches of daylight according to Gayle Sayers. (thank you NFL Films for getting this 35 year old info about players who played long before I was born)

  13. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 19, 2012 6:13 PM

    “I wonder if he is still with that blonde tart he brought to the draft?”

    I’m not sure but did anyone happen catch his name? We can Google it to find out.

  14. letafan4ever says: Mar 19, 2012 6:19 PM

    Why does every single article have to have a sarcastic, passive-aggressive tone to it????
    He has always been a gentleman and is starting a new job where he might have an opportunity.

    No matter what he does this blog puts out a very unprofessional article so they can get hits from readers who also like to kick someone when they are down and or not had an opportunity that worked out.

    Why do you have us fill out surveys. No one ever heeds the feedback here.

  15. cincyorangenblack says: Mar 19, 2012 6:33 PM

    Atleast his sister made millions by marrying Shrek

  16. bangitfootball says: Mar 19, 2012 6:35 PM

    Yes Cassell sucks. But Quinn sucks even worse. But there gonna have that run game cranking even with 9 0n the line.

  17. garyman1 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:55 PM

    I think Quinn needs to go to the team with the worst starting quarterback…so he can play. THEN, he can get his money if he plays well.

  18. hoopshort says: Mar 19, 2012 7:04 PM

    I’d like to see Brady get a real chance to play. You can’t get a realistic assessment from his extremely limited and spastic play at Cleveland. The way they (Browns) handled their QB’, well that’s why their record was what it was. The coaches did a horrible job in building confidence in their starting QB and it showed in the productivity, not to mention they had no line, no run game etc. So shows what you got Quinn and be ready for your chance cause this may be your last. Good Luck I hope you prove all your critics wrong.

  19. doe22us says: Mar 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:
    Mar 19, 2012 5:05 PM
    Underrated quarterback, just makes poor decisions. A lot.

    This comment had me rolling, i guess you havent actually seen Quinn play before. The guy flat out sucks.

  20. winninitall says: Mar 19, 2012 7:20 PM

    I always liked Quinn coming into the NFL, but there has to be a reason why he threw for so many teams and wasn’t given an offer. I guess he should practice harder before he just becomes a never was.

  21. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 19, 2012 7:20 PM

    Quinn’s career was derailed by incompetence (Derek Anderson…really?), bad luck, and not enough hard work on his end. He never had a chance do anything…it’s tough to develop as a QB if you don’t have a chance to play.

    I think he could have been a better QB if allowed to take his lumps in the first year or two…but the powers that be said “Derek Anderson is the answer to our problems….”

  22. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 19, 2012 7:26 PM

    Where do you come up with these pictures?

    Looks like he is knocking on his own skull……Hello McFly, anybody home??

  23. olcap says: Mar 19, 2012 8:20 PM

    Yeah, it really sucks to only be a multi millionaire, when you maybe coulda been a multiMULTI millionaire.

  24. skolvikesskol says: Mar 19, 2012 8:20 PM

    Laura Hawk is Shrek

  25. rollerino1 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:49 PM

    Brady learned that he needs to take what he can get.

  26. brownsapologist says: Mar 19, 2012 10:48 PM

    So Quinn didn’t work out in Cleveland but I’m pretty sure he’s the only Browns QB to beat the Steelers in the last 10 years. So for that reason alone I wish him nothing but success in KC.

  27. The Unlikely Expat says: Mar 20, 2012 3:03 AM

    “In signing with the Chiefs, quarterback Brady Quinn apparently didn’t take the best financial offer he could find. Instead, he went with the best fit. (Peyton Manning would have said, “Get both.”)”

    Peyton Manning is in a position to get both the best fit and the most money, Brady Quinn isn’t. You can get whatever you want when you are the best at whatever you do with an impeccable record (on and off the field and in the locker room). Whether fair or not, Quinn is a twice-over re-tread. He obviously can’t get the same treatment as a Peyton Manning.

  28. jesse1834 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:28 PM

    Quinn couldn’t beat out Tebow or Orton for the starting QB job. It will be really sad if he’s holding Palko and Cassels clipboards at the end of season.

  29. robbdorrell says: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    Tyler Palko became an unrestricted free agent on March 13. He is not currently under contract with the Chiefs, nor is he likely to be. He has not been tendered and offer by the Chiefs.

    So, this suggests Pioli’s move to grab Quinn is not only strategic, by providing a credible backup to Cassel, who has been subject to some quirky injuries and medical issues (remember the appendicitis attack that hit him at the most critical point of the 2010 season), but also tactical, because it removes a credible backup from Denver’s bench.

    That could become a serious issue for Denver, if Manning’s bolted-together neck can’t tolerate repeated hits from the side, which he’s sure to be subjected to. And now Denver has lost Tebow as well, to the Jets, so the hugeness of the gamble Elway and Bowlen are embarking on here with their Manning Plan is even more risky given that they’ve lost their backups and are going to have to seriously address that issue. If Manning is truly healthy and returns to form, brilliant move. But if he’s not his old MVP self and gets pressured and hit in the pocket, Denver’s huge gamble could blow up in their faces. This will be interesting, that’s certain.

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