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Cleveland hurts itself with Benching Brady Quinn



Charles Robinson writes in his Winners and Losers column for Yahoo! Sports about the team in the NFL currently impersonating the Cleveland Browns. They wear the Browns' colors and claim to uphold the traditions of the original Browns. But there nary a connection between this team and the original that moved to Baltimore and mutated into the Ravens.
The latest part of the "Browns" debacle concerns the team's apparent benching of Brady Quinn over money issues. By not putting Quinn on the field, the team saves allegedly saves about $10.6 million they'd have to pay out in salary escalators written into Quinn's contract. Meanwhile the "Browns" continue to lose with Derek Anderson as qb.
Whatever money the "Browns" are saving, it's probably not worth it in the end. It looks like they're going to have to look for another quarterback as early as next season (especially if they manage to trade Quinn away). If I were that qb's agent, I'd be sure to get as much up front money as possible, and avoid the incentives trap, since the "Browns" don't seem to be willing to pay them out. Expect the contract negotiations for Cleveland's next "quarterback of the future" to be as contentious as the ones for Quinn.

(via Charles Robinson's Winners and Losers)
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Charles Robinson writes in his Winners and Losers column for Yahoo! Sports about the team in the NFL currently impersonating the Cleveland Browns. They wear the Browns' colors and claim to uphold the traditions of the original Browns. But there nary a connection between this team and the original that moved to Baltimore and mutated into the Ravens.
The latest part of the "Browns" debacle concerns the team's apparent benching of Brady Quinn over money issues. By not putting Quinn on the field, the team saves allegedly saves about $10.6 million they'd have to pay out in salary escalators written into Quinn's contract. Meanwhile the "Browns" continue to lose with Derek Anderson as qb.
Whatever money the "Browns" are saving, it's probably not worth it in the end. It looks like they're going to have to look for another quarterback as early as next season (especially if they manage to trade Quinn away). If I were that qb's agent, I'd be sure to get as much up front money as possible, and avoid the incentives trap, since the "Browns" don't seem to be willing to pay them out. Expect the contract negotiations for Cleveland's next "quarterback of the future" to be as contentious as the ones for Quinn.

(via Charles Robinson's Winners and Losers)

Posted originally: 2009-10-26 07:12:00
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