Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Report: Patriots worked out QB Brady Quinn Monday

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Why would the Patriots work out Brady Quinn? (USATSI)
Brady Quinn is slated to call football games this fall. (USATSI)

On Thursday, Fox Sports announced that they had hired former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Brady Quinn to cover the college and professional game this fall. A day later, Quinn told The Dan Patrick Show that he tried out for an NFL team Monday, but refused to say which one.

Quinn, the Browns' 2007 first-round pick, told ProFootballTalk that the tryout "went well," adding: "In this particular situation, though, they need something to happen in order for me to possibly be there."

Meanwhile, The Dan Patrick Show's Andrew Perloff, and later ESPN.com's Field Yates, said the mystery team was the New England Patriots.

On the surface, it's a curious development because the Patriots have Tom Brady, obviously, and behind him Ryan Mallet and rookie second-rounder Jimmy Garappolo.

But ESPN.com's Mike Reiss offers a good explanation of what's likely happening: "In most cases, but not all, the answer is usually that it's solely for emergency purposes. If the team has an injury or an unexpected trade interest in top backup Ryan Mallett, who enters the final year of his contract, it needs to be ready with a replacement and part of that is having as up-to-date information on the health and skills of available players as possible.

"That likely best explains why the Patriots had Quinn in for a workout, as he was previously on the radar as a possible 'free-agent fit' based on his experience in the team's system."

Put another way: Quinn probably shouldn't quit his new day job just yet.

In six NFL seasons, Quinn had a 4-16 career mark and in addition to the Browns, he made (sometimes brief) stops in Denver, Kansas City, Seattle, New York (Jets) and St. Louis.


MUST WATCH: Jon Stewart rips the NFL over Ray Rice's suspension

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A MOCK DRAFT
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Baltimore Orioles Majestic Charcoal 2014 AL East Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

MLB Division Champs Gear
Get your team today
Shop Now