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Browns trade QB Brady Quinn to the Broncos

The Cleveland Browns must have been serious about not wanting to give Brady Quinn a shot to be the teams starting QB, as today the team moved the QB to the Denver Broncos. The Browns in return get running back Peyton Hillis and two future draft picks.

Here’s the clubs official press release on the deal:

The Cleveland Browns today acquired running back Peyton Hillis and two future undisclosed draft choices in exchange for quarterback Brady Quinn.

“I appreciate everything Brady did for us last year and in his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini. “He is professional in the way he goes about doing his job and worked extremely hard at every aspect of his game. I wish him the best of success in Denver.”

The 24-year-old Hillis is a veteran of two NFL seasons who was a seventh-round draft choice of Denver in 2008. He played in 28 games with eight starts in his two years with the Broncos and totaled 397 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 81 attempts (4.9 avg.) and caught 18 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. As a rookie in 2008, he started six of the 12 games in which he appeared and rushed for 343 yards and five scores on 68 carries (5.0 avg.) and amassed 14 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown. His rushing total as a rookie included a 129-yard effort at the Jets on November 30 when he carried the ball 22 times and scored a touchdown in Denver’s 34-17 victory.

The 6-2, 250-pound Hillis lettered four years at the University of Arkansas (2004-07) and rushed for 959 yards and 12 touchdowns on 203 attempts and caught 118 passes for 1,195 yards and 11 scores. Born January 21, 1986, Hillis attended Conway (Ark.) High School.

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2 Responses to “Browns trade QB Brady Quinn to the Broncos”

  1. Denolakes says:

    OK. This debate is now officially over. The Holmgren era has definitely begun. There are but 11 players left from earlier drafts, so I read somewhere around here. This is now the Big Show in a Big Way. So far, I’m OK with it. Having a competent front office does a lot to ease my angst. Hillis cannot be viewed as the RB answer, can he? Any more than BQ was viewed as the QB answer in Cleveland?

  2. As a Broncos fan, I am sick about this trade. I have nothing against Quinn, but Peyton Hillis is a player. He runs over people, and I’m not just talking about cornerbacks. He has great hands and is a good blocker. Maybe this is the Browns revenge for all those years we’ve had your number.

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