Bye Bye Brady: Browns Ship Former First Round Pick Quinn to Denver

Bob Evans@@TheRealBobEvansCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns checks the defensive alignment 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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The writing has been on the wall for weeks, but today the Cleveland Browns finally gave Brady Quinn his wish and traded him out of Cleveland.

The former Notre Dame standout and first round pick of the Cleveland Browns has been traded to Denver for running back Peyton Hillis and two future conditional picks.

Quinn would have preferred to be the starter for the Cleveland Browns, but once it was apparent that he would not get the support of the new regime here in Cleveland, he asked to be traded to be given a chance to start elsewhere.

In Denver, Quinn will compete with current starter, and restricted free agent, Kyle Orton as the future of the Bronco franchise.  Last season new coach Josh McDaniels mulled over the possibility of trading for Brady Quinn, now he has his man, and probably got him for a cheaper price than he would have had to pay last year.

What exactly does this trade mean for the Cleveland Browns?  For starters, they probably won't be looking at adding a bigger, physical running back in this draft because at 6'1", 240 pounds, Hillis provides that goal-line, short-yardage physical back that the Browns have lacked over the past seasons.  So if you were thinking Toby Gerhart, think again.

It also means that the Browns may not be looking to add a quarterback in this year's draft.  I know what you are thinking, Delhomme, Wallace, and Ratliff are not exactly the best trio in the NFL, but we did give Jake a pretty large two-year contract.  Also, while the terms have not been disclosed, the two picks are looking like a sixth rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2010, according to ESPN.com .  So it is looking more and more like the Browns are going to let the Delhomme project play out for a year and draft their future signal caller in 2011: Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett anyone?

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