Brady Quinn: A New Life and New Opportunity with Denver Broncos

Ryan BoniniContributor IMarch 14, 2010

The addition of quarterback Brady Quinn by the Denver Broncos is a minor blip on the radar today. Down the road, it could be a different story.

Quinn, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, was acquired by Denver on Sunday for a 2011 sixth-round draft choice, conditional pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and fullback Peyton Hillis .

In three years with Cleveland, Quinn never really was given an opportunity to succeed.

He started just 12 games during that time period and was active for a whopping 14 games during his three-year career. Over that time period, he hit 52.1 percent of his passes for 1,902 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Browns, under new VP Mike Holmgren , were ready to go in a different direction at quarterback.

Who can blame them?

They recently brought in quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme , while cutting ties with Quinn and Derek Anderson . It is tough to argue the combination of Wallace and Delhomme is an improvement, but it was time for a change.

The jury is still out on Quinn, but a new start in a new city and new offense may be what the doctor ordered.

He was productive at Notre Dame under the same offensive system that Denver runs during his college days, but the former first-round pick has been dubbed a dink-and-dunk bust during his short NFL career.

In Quinn's defense, injury problems and a lack of talent around him helped lead to him never living up to the hype in Cleveland.

He will join the Broncos as a backup option behind Kyle Orton , who, despite throwing for a career-high 3,802 yards last year, still does not give many the vibe that he is the Broncos’ quarterback of the future.

If the Broncos were sold on Orton long term, one would think they would have been willing to invest after he hit a career-high career-high in completion percentage (62 percent), completions (336), attempts (541), yardage, and touchdowns (21).

Orton, a restricted free agent, will likely be the Broncos' No. 1 signal caller this year, but the door may be open for Quinn long-term, provided he is able to show more of a pulse than he did in Cleveland.

From a fantasy football perspective, this move means little—at least for now—in the 2010 fantasy football season. However, for those with an open roster spot in deep dynasty leagues, I wouldn’t think twice about tucking Quinn away for down-the-road potential.

It’s a crap shoot, no doubt, but one that may be worth the small investment you need to put in him.

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