Chiefs agree to terms with QB Brady Quinn

Posted Mar 17, 2012

Quinn agreed to terms with the Chiefs on Saturday evening

It can sometimes be a small world in NFL circles.

Brady Quinn’s arrival in Kansas City reunites him with several people who have intertwined with the quarterback at key points during his five-year NFL career.

He agreed to terms of an undisclosed contract with the Chiefs Saturday evening.

Quinn, once selected 22nd overall by Cleveland in the 2007 NFL Draft, reunites with former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.

The Browns traded up to select Quinn out of Notre Dame. If they hadn’t, former Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson was prepared to make Quinn a Chief.

Instead, the Chiefs chose WR Dwayne Bowe.

But Quinn’s past connections to the Chiefs don’t end with his entry into the NFL. When he was traded to the Broncos in 2009, along with two draft picks, Denver sent RB Peyton Hillis to Cleveland in return.

Hillis inked an unrestricted free agent deal with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

In Kansas City, Quinn will join starter Matt Cassel and second-year pro Ricky Stanzi as the club’s quarterbacks. The Chiefs started three different quarterbacks in 2011, but Cassel is the only member of that trio under contract with the team for 2012.

Kyle Orton, who Quinn once backed up in Denver, signed with Dallas this week after going 2-1 as a starter for the Chiefs last season. Exclusive rights free agent Tyler Palko, who went 1-3 as a starter following Cassel’s season-ending hand injury, did not receive a free agent tender from the Chiefs.

Stanzi served as Kansas City’s second-string quarterback for the final three games of 2011, but has yet to take his first NFL snap.

The Chiefs entered the off-season looking to increase competition and experience at the quarterback position, but also maintained support for Cassel as the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

Quinn brings 12 games of starting experience, going 3-9 in those games. His last start came in 2009 with the Browns when current Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll held the same role in Cleveland.

He served as a reserve in Denver behind Orton and Tim Tebow each of the past two seasons, but did not appear in any games. In 14 career appearances, Quinn has completed 184-of-353 pass attempts for 1,902 yards with 10 TDs and nine INTs. His career passer rating stands at 66.8.

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