Mangini denies report that Browns nearly traded Quinn

Did the Browns nearly send QB Brady Quinn to the Broncos as part of a three-way trade involving the Redskins for Jay Cutler, as reported by the Washington Examiner? Browns coach Eric Mangini told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that those Internet rumors aren’t true.

The Examiner reported that the deal would have sent Cutler to the Redskins and Quinn to the Broncos, but it is unclear what the Browns would have received. Cutler even reportedly told a television station in Denver that he was going to the Redskins. But Mangini says the deal wasn’t that close.

Mangini has said he is open to improving the Browns, but that this trade wasn’t about to happen, according to the Plain Dealer:

    “What I haven’t ruled out is [GM] George [Kokinis] and I looking at any opportunity to improve the team. But I in no way am saying that is specific to the quarterback situation. But we would look at any opportunity we thought would improve the team.”
    He also said he told both Quinn and Derek Anderson that they’d openly compete for the job in training camp and that he was “excited” about the competition.

Cutler was traded to the Bears, who were able to dangle QB Kyle Orton in the trade. The Examiner reports that when the deal with the Browns fell through, the Broncos favored Orton over Redskins QB Jason Campbell.

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