Thoughts on the Quinn trade

The Cleveland Browns traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos Sunday. In return the Browns received fullback Peyton Hillis, a sixth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

Here are some initial thoughts on the trade from Cleveland's perspective:

  • For starters, this was a move Cleveland was destined to make. Something was up the second president Mike Holmgren refused to give Quinn his personal endorsement. Holmgren will be the first to say he knows quarterbacks, and after watching all of Quinn's film last season, Holmgren didn't believe Quinn was the answer for the style of offense the Browns plan to run.

  • For Quinn, this is a great opportunity to start over. The Columbus, Ohio, native dreamed of playing for his childhood team, but Quinn's experience didn't turn out as planned. A contract dispute as a rookie in 2007 caused Quinn to miss a portion of training camp. That year Derek Anderson lit it up and kept Quinn on the bench for a majority of two seasons. When Quinn finally got the chance to play this year, he struggled and was benched early. A fresh start will be good for Quinn.

  • Here is an interesting question: Does the tandem of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace provide a better chance of success than Anderson and Quinn? Yes, Anderson and Quinn (for the most part) flamed out in Cleveland. But I don't have a ton of confidence that Delhomme and Wallace won't suffer the same fate. If Delhomme has something left in the tank for the next year or two, that would be ideal for Cleveland. But last season was arguably the worst of his career. Sometimes a system can help the quarterback, and perhaps that's what Holmgren and his staff are counting on.

  • Finally, ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported Cleveland traded linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick. The Browns now have 12 picks in April's NFL draft. That offers tremendous flexibility to infuse youth on their team or trade up to grab the best possible players. I'm interested to see the route Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert decide to take, because Cleveland will be major power players next month.