Money Is The Reason The Browns Won’t Be Involved In The Cutler Trade


Published: April 1, 2009


... Jay Cutler being traded and the Browns being a third team involved.  Most of these rumors revolve around Brady Quinn going to the Broncos, and the Browns receiving at least a first round pick from the other team involved.  Much has been discussed about the relative quality of players involved; however, this post will address a different perspective on why the Browns may not get involved in the trade: guaranteed money.

The most likely player to the leave the Browns in a 3 way trade is Brady Quinn.  However, if he's not traded and he beats out Anderson to become the Browns starter, he's scheduled to make about $4.9 million this year if he takes 70% of the Browns snaps.  I think it’s likely that the Browns will keep Anderson as their number 2 QB just in case, if a trade isn't made.

Assuming the Cutler trade goes through to someone like the Jets, (with Quinn going to Denver) Derek Anderson will become the starter...

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