Instead of working in the intense South Florida heat on his first day as a member of the Dolphins, Quinn could have been continuing to get himself ready for a new career as a football analyst for FOX.
But Quinn isn’t ready to give up on football yet, and signing with the Dolphins was an opportunity he simply could not pass up.
“FOX offered me a great opportunity to be a part of the game from a game analyst side of it,” Quinn said. “I took that opportunity, but I made very clear to them I still wanted to play football, so if the opportunity came I was going to take it.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to come out and compete and be a part of a team, it’s an unbelievable experience. Playing this game for a living, I feel incredibly blessed always to be out here even in this heat like this. It’s great to be out here working out for them.”
Quinn joined the Dolphins after splitting time last season with the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams.
He became an unrestricted free agent in the spring after finishing up the 2013 season with the Rams, where he backed up replacement starter Kellen Clemens after Sam Bradford was injured.
Quinn said he had other workouts before throwing for the Dolphins on Monday.
“This ended up kind of being the best situation for me,” Quinn said. “I’ve actually lived down here (in Fort Lauderdale) now for about five years now, so it’s close to home for me. And just getting married this past March, it makes it even better to be able to be close to my wife.”
The arrival of Quinn gives the Dolphins a third experienced quarterback to go along with starter
Although he didn’t appear in any games last season, Quinn has made 20 career starts since entering the NFL as a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007.
Quinn was the 22nd overall pick that year and Dolphins fans will remember there was a lot of speculation beforehand that Miami would take him with the ninth overall pick.
Count Quinn among those who were surprised the Dolphins ended up selecting wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. instead.
“I heard about it at some point,” Quinn said. “To be honest, I thought I was going to Miami. It’s kind of crazy to think (seven) years later now I finally made it here.
“That time I’d heard word from a very, very good source that something was going to happen that next day. We had heard a lot of things before the draft and you never really know what to believe or who to believe. Obviously that didn’t take place and it’s just a story.”
Seven years after the fact, Quinn has made his way onto the Dolphins roster. That’s just the first step, though. There is plenty of work ahead and not necessarily a lot of time to do it.
“The expectation is to get him immersed in the system and acclimated to how we do things from a schematic standpoint as quickly as we possibly can so we can get a good evaluation of him,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “He came in, he had a very good workout. Seems to be a good fit as an individual; all the reports we hear from a locker room standpoint is he’s an excellent teammate.
“We’ve got to get him caught up to speed football-wise so we can give him opportunities to compete and show what he’s really capable of doing. Until we can do that, we’ll have to see.”
Quinn reportedly was part of a group of quarterbacks who worked out for the Dolphins on Monday. Philbin said Quinn was impressive in his workout, mentioning specifically his arm strength.
Quinn hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular season game since Dec. 30, 2012 when he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and his left tackle was
But he’s confident he can revive his career, partly because of his performance in the preseason last summer when he was with the Seahawks. Quinn compiled a 97.6 passer rating in four games, but was among the final roster cuts when Seattle decided to keep only two quarterbacks — Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson.
“I’ve always hoped for an opportunity to be able to play in this league and play at a high level,” Quinn said. “I felt like I really did that last preseason in Seattle, had an opportunity to go out there. We all three in that quarterback room played really well. Unfortunately they only kept two and thas was the end of that. But I really feel I was playing some of my best football last preseason. Hopefully I can continue that into this season.”