Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
The Dolphins confirmed Brady Quinn's signing and announced a roster move:
The team has signed quarterback Brady Quinn and waived/injured quarterback Pat Devlin.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 12, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have added some depth and insurance at the quarterback position after signing veteran Brady Quinn Monday.
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com provided the details:
QB Brady Quinn has signed with the Miami Dolphins, sources tell me.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 11, 2014
The Cleveland Browns drafted Quinn with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. He appeared in 14 games for Cleveland over three seasons, including his 2009 campaign when he threw for 1,339 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Quinn only saw time in four combined games in 2007 and 2008.
Quinn last appeared on the field as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, when he threw for two touchdowns and eight interceptions on the year.
While the former Notre Dame signal-caller is hoping to turn his professional career around in Miami, he is still best known for his production in college. He was an All-American and set 30 Notre Dame records, including career touchdown passes, career passing yards and the highest single-season pass efficiency rating.
In all, he threw for 11,762 yards and 95 touchdowns with the Fighting Irish.
As for the next step, the Dolphins must have liked what they saw in Quinn’s recent workout that Ian Rapoport of NFL.com pointed out:
Worked out today RT @JeffDarlington: QB Brady Quinn has signed with the Miami Dolphins, sources tell me.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2014
Ryan Tannehill is entrenched as Miami’s starter, but backup Matt Moore has dealt with a shoulder injury this offseason, and Pat Devlin has been battling a hamstring issue. The opportunity is in place for Quinn to move up the depth chart if he impresses in the team’s remaining preseason contests.
Interestingly enough, football wasn’t Quinn’s only pursuit recently, as Darlington noted:
For those asking about Quinn's broadcast career, he'd never given up on football. Fox Sports understood as much. He'll do TV at some point.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 11, 2014
Quinn discussed his plans earlier in the offseason, via Stephanie Kuzydym of Cleveland.com:
I'm not exactly sure where that will eventually go. I obviously still have plans of wanting to play football and that kind of thing but we'll see if I end up going down that street or not but right now my focus is pretty much on football.
For now though, Quinn’s immediate future is with the Miami Dolphins.
Signing Quinn gives Miami another veteran presence who has starting experience in this league. While he hasn't performed well in his 20 career starts, it never hurts to have someone in place who understands what it takes to lead an NFL offense.
As for Quinn, this is a big opportunity for him to prove himself and show that he can still compete at this level. Considering it took this long for him to latch on somewhere, it's possible this could be one of the few remaining shots he gets to secure a long-term spot on an NFL roster.