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Flashback with Quinn

March, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 
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  Did Brady Quinn's rookie holdout hurt the start of his career?

Sometimes flashbacks can be very thought-provoking.

Here is an example: Would things be different had Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn made it to training camp on time in 2007?

This flashback is very clear, because two years ago I was in the thick of covering this story as the Browns beat reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Here are some old stories here and here if anyone is interested.

Quinn was projected to be a top 10 pick two years ago and fell to No. 22, which was trouble for the Browns because super agent Tom Condon wanted to get his client as close to Quinn's original projection as possible.

It resulted in a complicated contract and lengthy holdout in which Quinn missed most of training camp and a chance to compete with Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye. Two years later, Quinn still doesn't know if he will start in Cleveland. Quinn will compete with Anderson this summer.

Although football is a business, would sacrificing some money to sign early have changed the course of Quinn's history? Quarterback Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens learned from Quinn's mistake a year later, getting to camp on time, and leading the Ravens to the AFC title game as a rookie. Flacco also made an extra $3 million in playing-time bonuses.

Looking back two years ago, maybe Quinn's early production would have been similar.

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