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March 13, 2010

Source: Panthers not pursuing Quinn

Though there has been speculation that Carolina might be interested in acquiring Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, the Panthers so far have shown no interest, according to a league source.

The Browns are expected to try to trade Quinn now that former Carolina starter Jake Delhomme has signed, joining fellow newcomer Seneca Wallace, who was obtained from Seattle in a trade last week.

The Browns' quarterback position in being overhauled under new team president Mike Holmgren. Already, Derek Anderson was released.

Quinn, a 2007 first-round pick, has some natural connections with the Panthers. Quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer coached him his rookie year in Cleveland. Also, Carolina head coach John Fox is close friends with Quinn's former college coach at Notre Dame, Charlie Weis.

The fact that the Panthers haven't pursued Quinn likely means the team either is focusing on drafting a quarterback to backup and compete with Matt Moore, or that there's at least one veteran they prefer more for that role.

Of course, there's also the matter of Quinn's hefty contract, which any team that trades for him would inherit. If the Browns can't pull off a trade have to release Quinn, he'll have to sign a new contract and thus could draw suitors who currently aren't interested.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 13, 2010 at 09:23 PM | Permalink


panthers are not likeing that people know what they are doing i think they will eather pick up dereck anderson or trade 4 quinn can any1 say smoke screen and we will sign huge douglas by the end of the week

Posted by: nick | Mar 13, 2010 9:35:14 PM

or Big Jerry's not letting them go after anyone that makes more than minimum wage.

Posted by: Andy | Mar 13, 2010 9:35:47 PM

Nick- you are an ignorant turd.

Posted by: pjn | Mar 13, 2010 9:47:09 PM

pjn....haha! That was funny. All kidding aside, it seems unlikely that a draft pick would be our backup QB. MUST be someone they covet out there and are just waining for the opportunity.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 13, 2010 10:48:31 PM

Waiting, not waining (lousy typist)

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 13, 2010 10:49:05 PM

It is usual not to show interest in a player you want to trade for, least you spike more interest. Smokescreen and blowing smoke.

Posted by: Omega | Mar 14, 2010 12:03:39 AM

Wonder what vet their looking at?

Posted by: GROWL2007 | Mar 14, 2010 6:36:31 AM

Just bring Josh McCown back and we are set. Proven Vet, cheap and knows the system. What is all the drafting a QB or aquiring a Veteran QB about ? Moore, McCown (if he comes back for cheap), Cantwell ... we good to go.

Posted by: Krueger | Mar 14, 2010 9:56:15 AM

I am not one of the "sky is falling" people. Yet. I understand it is still early, but the apparent lack of interest in signing ANYONE, that the Panthers appear showing is starting to worry me. There is even an article on NFL.com calling the Panthers out. Take a look.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 14, 2010 10:51:18 AM


Posted by: Josh | Mar 14, 2010 10:52:08 AM

According to Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer, the Panthers are plenty interested in Quinn. And his "hefty contract" is for a base salary of $700,000 this year and next. That only kicks up to $5.7 million plus if he takes 70% of the snaps in the season. If he is being brought in as a backup, that's pretty cheap.

And Jake's deal in Cleveland is reportedly for $7 million for 2010. Starter money for sure. Not many people here in Cleveland are applauding this move.

Posted by: TribeHeel | Mar 14, 2010 11:21:15 AM

Just who in the hell are they pursuing? They won't to raise ticket prices and at the same time put an inferior product on the field...BS Mr. Richardson!!!

Posted by: Diddy | Mar 14, 2010 1:38:02 PM

Nobody is showing interest in Quinn, because no one wants to give up a pick for him. He'll be released outright and then there will be interest.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 14, 2010 3:00:34 PM

But if he's released outright, he becomes a free agent and his contract is no longer in effect. No way you'll get him for $700K per season as a free agent. Cleveland paid him a bunch of bonus money to keep his salary cap hits low in later years. A new team will pay considerably more unless they trade for his contract.

Posted by: TribeHeel | Mar 14, 2010 5:36:58 PM

Man the panthers really do need to pick up a quality player. Not only are we lacking at quarterbackd, but seriously help out steve smith. Stop picking up no names. If we stop considering the QB situation, just leave it at matt moore,we have a mid 2nd round pick, come on Golden Tate would comploment Steve! Steve even said, "He would love to have a WR faster than HIM"? come on Richardson and Fox.

Posted by: jacory | Mar 14, 2010 9:15:41 PM

Omega,all that smokescreening is going to leave us the bottom of the damn barrel !!

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 14, 2010 10:24:45 PM

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