After the Seahawks came out swinging in free agency, signing Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett after already trading for Percy Harvin, Seahawks fans have had little to do but to wring their hands over the backup quarterback position.
Not Justin Bieber.
The intrigue at the position is multidimensional, as the team had to trade Matt Flynn to justify interest in adding a veteran signal caller, and now that they have traded Flynn speculation has transferred to veterans they were trying out, and to the mid-late rounds of the draft.
The team will sign, or has signed, or is trying to sign, or whatever, Brady Quinn. Quinn is the same guy that got criticized for having a haircut that was too long and for chewing gum as he went to meet the commissioner after a long green room wait at the draft, and then a guy that has become just generally not a very good quarterback, with a 53.8 percent completion rate, 12 career touchdowns and 17 career interceptions in 550 pass attempts.
Quinn’s yards per completion are league-average-ish, and his raw talent coming out was fairly well documented, though questions about his accuracy on draft day caused him to drop to the 22nd overall pick. Quinn was famously passed over for Jamarcus Russell, who the Raiders took first overall, and who may be the biggest bust in NFL history.
When you think of Brady Quinn you certainly don’t think of a Russell Wilson clone: Quinn’s substantially taller, but he’s significantly next athletic. That said, the Seahawks have never directly said that they’re looking for a quarterback who can excel in the read-option, nor have they said that they’ll be making substantial increases to the pistol set in their offensive playbook. The media has bestowed those two assumptions on the team as though they were fact.
Quinn is no slouch athletically though, as noted by Danny Kelly of Field Gulls:
Though it was back in 2007, I guess it’s worth noting, so you get an idea of his athleticism, that at his pro day, Quinn ran a 4.73 40, a 6.79 3-cone, a 4.22 short shuttle, had a 36″ vert, and a 9’7 broad jump at 6’4, 232 pounds.
At the time I’m writing this there aren’t details on Quinn’s salary, but we can assume that the guarantees are minimal, as Quinn signed with the Chiefs last year for only one year, and $1.5 million with no signing bonus, and didn’t play particularly well in 10 games, and 197 pass attempts.
To say that Brady Quinn will be the Seahawks backup next year may be premature, as it looks like the team will have the opportunity to cut him before the season starts with essentially no penalty. That in mind, Quinn has a much better chance of being the Seahawks backup quarterback than perhaps literally all quarterbacks in existence at the time of this post.