“I don’t think there’s any need to ask questions like that,” Quinn said. “If anything like that were true and going to happen, I think they’d eventually let me know in talking about it. I’m not putting any stock in it whatsoever."
Quinn has recently been rumored to be the center of potential trade talks involving disgruntled Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. The proposed trade has the New York Jets basically cleaning out their draft picks, sending their first round pick (17th overall) this year, next year, and a second round pick to Denver while the Broncos would send that second round pick to Cleveland for Quinn, landing Cutler in New York.
Denver is an attractive landing spot for Quinn, mainly because Josh McDaniels runs a similar offense to what Quinn learned under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. However, Quinn doesn't think that is an issue or a factor. Cleveland's offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, was a receivers coach with New England back when Weis ran the offense.
“It’s funny, because people underestimate the fact Brian Daboll was under Coach Weis as well,” Quinn said. “You could say that for both coaches, I guess. It’s all rumors. It’s all part of the drama of being in the NFL."
One sad and curious Broncos fan has to wonder: Why could Cutler not say that same thing? "It's all rumors."
With the recent downfall of "McJaygate", which incidentally is the dumbest and not clever term I have ever heard (no offense Mike Klis), has led to Cutler's likely departure from Denver, possibly by the end of the owners' meetings that are taking place this week in California.
It seems unlikely to this spectator that Cleveland would be willing to part with Quinn simply in exchange for a second round pick. They have a lot of money invested in Derek Anderson, but it appears that Quinn is the favorite to win the starting job for 2009.
A more likely scenario would send Cutler to Cleveland for Quinn and high draft picks, but Browns fans have not been reacting well to that.
Brady Quinn's comments have confirmed that no matter the ego, no matter the name, any player is susceptible to trade rumors. Quinn understands, and is going about his business as though he is getting paid millions. Jay Cutler should do the same.