Sunday, March 14, 2010

Breaking it down: Quinn is a Bronco

When I first heard the news I was shocked, and was still trying to process it all. Now that I've calmed down some, here's a bit more info on what went down;

This afternoon Denver acquired quarterback Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns. The team agreed to trade fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 6th-round draft selection and a conditional 2012 draft selection to Cleveland in exchange for the signal caller, pending physicals. Of course, they'll both pass there physicals.

This was a Good move by Josh McDaniels, a few reasons why:
  • Josh McDaniels never really used Peyton Hillis, why have a player on the roster that you don't use when you could get a good QB via Trade? I'm excited for Hillis, because now he'll get much more playing time, either playing fullback or tailback, possibly both?

  • This moves puts pressure on Kyle Orton. This move only has positive ripple effects for the Broncos Quarterback situation. It is expected that there will be a camp competition for the Broncos QB starting job during training camp. Brady Quinn will be at the least the 2nd stringer on the Broncos roster, which is a major upgrade from Chris Simms.

  • This move was cheep, with good compensation. The Broncos will be giving up at the most, two draft picks from 5th or later rounds. In return they get a young QB with a ton of potental, who could become a franchise quarterback.
    • Quinn was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, he was selected 22nd overall. In the NFL, Quinn has compiled 1,902 yards passing yards, 11 total touchdowns and nine interceptions in 14 games played. He has started 12 games in his career, including nine last season. Brady now joins Kyle Orton, Chris Simms and Tom Brandstater as the fourth quarterback on the roster. The Broncos aren't prepared to let Orton go at this time, and McDaniels has song Branstaters praises' since draft day 2009.

      A Bronco-fan-favorite, Peyton Hillis, averaged 5.0 yards per carry and tied for the Broncos’ team lead with six touchdowns in 12 games -- including 6 starts -- as a rookie in 2008. It was soon clear that Hillis didn't fit in McDaniels offense - one that doesn't often use fullbacks. He only started two games at fullback last season. He rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown, while tacking on 19 yards receiving and seven special-teams stops. It is very sad to see such a young talented player leave Denver, but at the same time I'm glad to see him get more opportunities in Cleveland.

      Like I said, this was a good move by the Broncos, and should work out good for both sides. I'm very excited about this, and the direction the Broncos are going.

      Slideshow - Welcome to the good side, Brady Quinn
      Video -Brady Quinn Traded

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