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Browns trade quarterback Quinn to Broncos; L.T. becomes J-E-T

Brady Quinn will get a chance to start over in Denver. Whether he'll get to start is up in the air.

The Broncos acquired the former first-round draft pick from the Browns for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

The deal is pending physicals.

Ostensibly, Quinn will compete with Kyle Orton for the Broncos' starting job, although coach Josh McDaniels was unavailable Sunday to comment on the trade, according to a team spokesman.

Quinn's departure comes one day after the Browns agreed to terms with free agent Jake Delhomme. Quinn went 3-9 in 12 starts for Cleveland, which drafted him with the 22nd pick in the first round in 2007 out of Notre Dame.

"I appreciate everything Brady did for us last year and in his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns," coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. "I wish him the best of success in Denver."

Quinn won Cleveland's starting job last season, but was benched after 2½ games for Derek Anderson. Quinn eventually got his job back when Anderson struggled but he was hindered by inaccuracy. He completed only 53 percent last season for 1,339 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. His rating was 67.3.

Quinn's days in Cleveland appeared numbered when new president Mike Holmgren failed to endorse him as the future starter. Last week, the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade with Seattle, released Anderson and hosted Delhomme, recently cut by Carolina.

Jets sign Tomlinson

The Jets signed former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year deal, adding an aging star to an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing last season.

"He wanted to go to a team that he thought had a chance to compete for the championship," his agent, Tom Condon, said. "He wanted to go somewhere where he had a chance to have a significant role, and so with the Jets he also was going to be very familiar with the offensive system."

The Jets reached the AFC Championship Game last season, eliminating Tomlinson's Chargers along the way.

The 2006 NFL MVP, who was cut last month, chose New York over Minnesota after visiting the Vikings on Thursday.

The Jets went after Tomlinson hard despite the fact he turns 31 in June and is coming off his least-productive season. He's expected to back up Shonn Greene, who became the starter after Thomas Jones was released last week. Tomlinson is eighth on the NFL's career rushing list with 12,490 yards.

Trades: The Raiders acquired former FSU linebacker Kamerion Wimberly, the 13th overall pick in 2006, from the Browns. CBSSports.com reported the deal is for a third-round pick in April's draft,. … The 49ers traded backup QB Shaun Hill to the Lions for a 2011 seventh-round pick, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Rams: Former Browns center Hank Fraley has signed, his agent said.

Browns trade quarterback Quinn to Broncos; L.T. becomes J-E-T 03/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 14, 2010 8:58pm]
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