Browns’ QB Brady Quinn ends holdout
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BEREA, Ohio ” Quarterback Brady Quinn has agreed to a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team’s starter.
Quinn was flying to the Browns’ headquarters Tuesday to sign the deal, a person within the league told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract’s language was still being finalized.
The person said the deal, worth $20.2 million, with $7.75 million guaranteed, could reach $30 million over five years with incentives.
The deal was first reported by Foxsports.com.
Quinn’s absence has all but ensured he will not win the Browns’ starting job, which has become a two-man contest between Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson.
A four-year starter at Notre Dame, Quinn was projected as a top 10 pick in April’s draft. When he slipped deeper into the first round, the Browns traded a 2008 first-round pick to Dallas and selected the Ohio native who grew up a Browns fan at No. 22.
The major sticking point in negotiations between the Browns and agent Tom Condon were escalator clauses based on playing time for Quinn, who worked out in Arizona during the holdout. Condon and the Browns were also hung up over increases in the fourth and fifth years of a potential deal.
Coach Romeo Crennel has coldly referred to Quinn as “the quarterback” and not by name during the holdout.
“He’s pretty far behind,” Crennel said last week. “We have a lot of offense, and we’re putting it in every day. It takes a while to get this down and get caught up on it.”
Quinn also missed the team’s four-day rookie orientation before camp.
The Browns have only two practices before their first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in Cleveland.
Condon proposed to allow Quinn to get a $5 million increase in the final two years of a potential five-year deal if he takes 55 percent of the snaps in any two of the first three years or 70 percent in any one of the first three. The Browns wanted to make the triggers tougher to reach.
Quinn was seeking $8 million in guaranteed money, roughly the same amount that the No. 20 pick, cornerback Aaron Ross, got from the New York Giants.
Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell (No. 1 overall) and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (No. 14) are the only first-round picks without contracts.