Brady Quinn Trade: Addition By Subtraction?

Steve TaterCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns looks to the sideline during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Now that the dust has settled after the Brady Quinn trade to the Denver Broncos, it is time to evaluate just what happened here.


Some have complained that Mike Holmgren did not give Quinn a fair opportunity to reach his potential here in Cleveland.


After a review of the game tape, Holmgren clearly did not see the same potential in Quinn that many of his diehard followers did. Given Holmgren's history of working with quarterbacks, I might want to give him the benefit of the doubt on that.


Keep in mind that Holmgren is now the third football man associated with the Cleveland Browns to be less-than-enamored with Brady Quinn's skills (see also, Crennel, Mangini).


That is not even taking into account the number of quarterback-needing general managers who passed on Quinn during the 2007 draft.


It's obvious (based upon what little the Browns were able to secure in the trade) that no one was exactly beating down the doors at the Berea headquarters for Quinn's services. We're not talking about a bidding war here.


Some take less issue with trading Quinn than they do with what the team received in return.


But just like any other asset, value is determined by what other consumers are willing to purchase it for.


It would be shocking if the Browns only called the Broncos to see what they could get in return for Quinn.


The more likely scenario is that the Browns shopped Quinn around the league for weeks and the team got what the market was bearing.


The guess is that this trade was simply an addition by subtraction move for Holmgren and the Browns.


It is highly likely that Holmgren believed that as long as Quinn was here in Cleveland, the large contingent of Notre Dame/Quinn fans in Cleveland would have continued to openly root for failure from anyone not named Brady Quinn. The organization did not need that.


Ultimately, Holmgren’s final call on the issue was that the team was better off admitting the mistake the Savage Era made in Quinn and he decided to move on.


There is a lot of unnecessary hand-wringing going on in Northeast Ohio over why the team would turn to an aging Jake Delhomme and a career-backup Seneca Wallace while discarding Quinn.


But a closer look reveals that Delhomme and Wallace were simply brought aboard because they are familiar with the West Coast offense, and they could at least keep the seat warm until a young quarterback Holmgren hand-picks in this draft is ready.


In case you missed it, the Holmgren staff is giving offensive coordinator Brian Daboll an offseason crash course in the Holmgren offense. The transition will go a lot smoother with two quarterbacks who already understand it.


Most importantly, the organization did not need fans rooting for the young, new guy to fall flat on his face while they continued to chant, “Brady! Brady!”


If you do not think Browns fans would resort to such an insane tactic, just ask Derek Anderson his opinion on that.