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Browns sign Quinn to 5-year deal

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

08.07.2007

Hours after he and the Browns agreed in principle, Brady Quinn signed a five-year deal with the Browns.

Quinn's next challenge is more paperwork. Lots of it.

It is likely that his next stop in the Browns training facility was downstairs, where an even bigger stack of papers -- the Browns' playbook -- sat waiting. If all goes well, Quinn will sit on meetings tonight, pass his conditioning test and still make it to the hotel before the team's camp curfew.

Pillows optional. Playbook mandatory.

"I don't think he'll get much sleep over the next couple weeks," Browns general manager Phil Savage said.

Quinn's impending arrival was all the buzz at Tuesday afternoon's practice, the 16th practice he's missed since the beginning of full-squad camp. The Browns are hoping he won't miss any more and will be able to grasp things quickly.

He has plenty of work to do. Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Quinn was "lost" during OTA sessions seven weeks ago, and he's now 12 camp days behind the other quarterbacks. But Crennel also said "he never rules out anything," adding that he believes Quinn to be a quick study.

"He's behind," Crennel said. "He has to catch up. He has to put in extra time and work extra to try to catch up. We're going to put him at the bottom of the chart and see where is.

"He will study. He's over here all day. He'll get here early and stay late. When you do that, you have a chance to learn. I believe that he's a smart kid also."

Crennel said he wouldn't rule out Quinn playing in Saturday night's preseason opener against Kansas City, but the Browns won't know for sure until they see him.

"When we think he's ready, we'll put him in," Crennel said. "If we think he's ready for two plays Saturday, he might get two plays. They'll be plays that are probably pretty simple -- handoffs."

Quinn's initial place in the quarterback derby will be fourth, clearly behind the top candidates to start, Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson. Crennel said Quinn will get his practice work "but not to the detriment of the guys who have been here."

"He's got a lot of catching up to do," Savage said. "He's missed a significant amount of time. He's missed an entire cycle of putting in the offensive system. (But) the thing about Brady and what attracted us to him -- one of the things was his intelligence, his willingness to work.

"He's got a lot of work to do."