Brady Quinn in as possible backup QB for Seahawks

Staff writerApril 10, 2013 

Looking for a candidate to compete for the backup quarterback job left vacant by the departure of Matt Flynn, the Seattle Seahawks found their man in Brady Quinn.

The Seahawks announced Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with Quinn, the apparent winner of a four-man audition to compete with Josh Portis for the reserve role behind starter Russell Wilson.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Along with Quinn, Matt Leinart, Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace participated in a structured workout Monday in front of the Seahawks’ brass.

Wallace and Thigpen are scheduled to work out for the Raiders this week.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the end of his team’s postseason run that he would like a backup quarterback with a similar skill set as Wilson’s. And while Wallace and Thigpen were better options for a running quarterback, but the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Quinn is athletic enough to run the read-option offense.

The 28-year-old former Notre Dame player ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and pushed out an impressive 24 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.

Selected No. 22 overall in the 2007 draft by Cleveland, Quinn never lived up to the lofty expectations of a franchise quarterback for the Browns. In three seasons with Cleveland, Quinn played in 14 games, with 12 starts.

Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith served as Cleveland’s quarterbacks coach while Quinn was there in 2009, his most productive season for the Browns. Quinn threw for 1,339 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine starts, finishing with a 2-7 record.

Quinn was traded to Denver in 2010. He backed up Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow but did not play in his two seasons with the Broncos.

Last season, Quinn signed a one-year deal with Kansas City. With the Chiefs, Quinn played in 10 games with eight starts and threw for 1,141 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions. Quinn finished 1-7 in 2012 for Kansas City.

For his career, Quinn has played 24 games with 20 starts, completing 296 of 550 passes for 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He’s rushed for 185 yards on 44 attempts with one touchdown.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@ thenewstribune.com

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