A few months ago, the NFL held its annual meat market and the best young players were divied up between the franchises.
The big story of the first round was the free fall experienced by ambiguously straight Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn.
Hyped all season as a top prospect due to his connection to Charlie Weis, Quinn was avoided like the plague in the first half of round one. As he plummeted, his beard and he tried desperately to appear unworried and unshocked.
And then, in an act of compassion, the Cleveland Browns chose the jilted QB with the 22d pick.
Quinn finally was able to exhale and expressed his joy at being chosen by the Browns. Quickly, childhood photos of Quinn wearing a Browns' uniform were plastered on the TV screen. And Quinn allowed the impression that this was a lifetime dream of his to be proliferated.
But now, Quinn is holding out. Unwilling to sign his contract for what a 22 pick would expect as the fair market value.
One would have expected that a player that fell so far so quickly would happily take a contract and hastily make his way to camp in an effort to prove detractors wrong and to win the starting job.
But no, Quinn and his representation are too busy trying to justify why he, as a 22 pick, deserves top 10 money.
He has already missed mini-camps and the first 6 practices of training camp.
Perhaps the most telling fact in all this is that Quinn's agent, Tom Condon, has already reached contract agreements for all his other first round players.
Hopefully, the Browns learned a lesson in all this.
They saw pictures of a boy in Browns' uniform with a dream. A boy who, despite initial prognostications by draft "experts", was not highly thought of by most teams in the league. But the Browns chose to look beyond Quinn's slumping value and give the young man a chance.
In return, their plans for this season must be put on hold. Held hostage by the greed and inflated self worth of a man who should be nothing but thankful for the chance to play.
Elsewhere in the NFL, number one draft pick Jamarcus Russell continues his negotiations with the Raiders in his quest for fair and acceptable compensation. We wish Russell success in his quest for equality of contract.