No deal for Raiders, Quinn
Reports of progress on contract for QB are false
Posted: Friday April 27, 2007 5:50PM; Updated: Friday April 27, 2007 5:55PM
DETROIT -- All those rumors about Brady Quinn (FILM ROOM) being close to a deal with the Oakland Raiders, or having already agreed to one? Forget them. Totally false.
An NFL source with knowledge of the Raiders' discussions with Quinn's representatives this week said late Friday afternoon that the two sides aren't close, have never been close and will certainly will not consummate a deal before the start of Saturday's NFL Draft.
In fact, NFL observers at the draft in New York were preparing for the Raiders to select LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell (FILM ROOM) instead of Quinn with the first pick in the draft.
In addition, the Raiders spent part of Friday making telephone calls trying to find a veteran quarterback to acquire before Saturday's draft. The Raiders do not want to exit draft weekend with a rookie quarterback backed up only by 2005 third-round pick Andrew Walter, who is mostly a failure as a part-time Oakland starter last fall.