DENVER BRONCOS LATEST 2010 OFFSEASON NEWS
The Broncos land Brady Quinn from the Browns in exchange for running back Peyton Hillis, a sixth round pick in 2011, and a conditional pick in 2012.
Kyle Orton may be penciled in as the Broncos starting quarterback next season, but he will have some competition from newcomer Brady Quinn. Quinn was acquired through a trade with the Cleveland Browns for running back Peyton Hillis, a sixth round pick in the 2011 draft, and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft that will depend on Quinn’s playing time.
Quinn received an opportunity to play for the Browns, but never reached the hype expected from this former Notre Dame standout. The Browns selected Quinn in the first round, but he immediately received competition from Derek Anderson. When Anderson failed to build off of a Pro Bowl season, Quinn was given his opportunity to play, but failed to impress on the field.
Playing in ten games in 2009, Quinn threw for 1,339 yards, with ten touchdowns and nine interceptions, posting a QB rating of 66.8. Despite playing for a less than stellar franchise with limited offensive weapons, the young quarterback did little to win over the Cleveland faithful, forcing the Browns to part ways with Quinn and sign veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme. Anderson was also released, as the Browns are now showing interest in possibly trading up to draft Sam Bradford.
Quinn failed to impress his critics, but in his defense, he was playing for Cleveland. The Broncos are a much better team than the Browns, so Quinn is obviously looking forward to a fresh start with this historic franchise. Kyle Orton proved to be an adequate starter last season, but he never achieved an elite status. Quinn, currently competing for the backup spot, will certainly have his shot to take over the starting gig if he’s able to outperform Orton in the preseason. Chris Simms was quickly released due to Quinn’s arrival in Denver.
The Broncos will expect a first round draft choice in exchange for disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who is coming off of three consecutive 100+ reception seasons. Though Marshall is much more established and talented than the first round wide receiver talent that will be available in this year’s draft, his off the field problems, attitude issues, and salary demands could prevent a trade from ever happening. The Jets have most recently denied their interest in Marshall.
Retaining Marshall would dramatically help both Orton or Quinn, whoever may win the starting spot behind center, but Marshall is still very eager to find a new place to play next season. If traded, the Broncos will most certainly target a wide receiver early on in the draft. Dez Bryant, who was the highest rated receiver coming into the combine, has failed to impress scouts and his stock has dropped. Golden Tate, another Notre Dame standout, is moving up the board fast and could be targeted by Denver in the draft.
The Broncos have focused their attention this offseason to the defensive side of the ball, signing defensive lineman Justin Bannan and conerback Nathan Jones. Signing Bannan was critical in their commitment to the 3-4 defensive scheme, along with the huge additions of Jarvis Green and Jamal Williams. The Broncos defense is arguably one of the strongest units in the league now.
Denver resigned guard Russ Hochstein and they will continue to look to strengthen the offensive line as much as possible. The Broncos cut Casey Wiegmann, leaving the team without a center on the roster, so look for Denver to target a new one in the draft or free agency. The Broncos also resigned wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
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Written by Josh Souder