A day after the Browns shipped QB Brady Quinn to the Broncos, the reaction is starting to filter in.
Quinn is happy, yet confused. Broncos incumbent starter Kyle Orton isn’t fretting. This already feels like an instant quarterback controversy.
Quinn spoke with The Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Monday, admitting he had no idea why the Browns turned the reigns over to veteran Jake Delhomme. For the record, Quinn said he never requested to be released or traded.
“It’s really hard to try to figure out what it is,” Quinn said. “[Mike] Holmgren has had a lot of success, and I’m sure the decisions he’s making he’s got a lot of reasons for them and he’s doing what he wants to with the team. It’s not really for me to question. I’m a Bronco, and I couldn’t be happier heading over to Denver.”
As for Orton, he took the high road in a report by The Denver Post, saying he’ll be happy to work with Quinn. He said he spoke with coach Josh McDaniels before the trade was executed.
“I will keep that private, but I do have total confidence that I’m the guy there,” Orton said. “Just like every year, I’m going in to try and earn my starting job. I don’t think I have anything to fret.”
Orton, a restricted free agent, said he will show up to the Broncos’ offseason conditioning program this week — which would make him the only one of the team’s five restricted free agents to do so.
With the addition of Quinn, The Denver Post is reporting the team cut backup QB Chris Simms on Monday. The move leaves the Broncos with three quarterbacks on the roster (Orton, Quinn and Tom Brandstater).