Garcia: Don't Trade Q
By David Carducci
Date: Aug 18, 2004
Late Monday, trade rumors broke of a possible deal between the Browns and Dolphins. You heard of Quincy Morgan's reactions first via BerniesInsiders.com, and now we'll let you know the latest, including what Jeff Garcia says about them. Dave Carducci has been tracking events closely, and lets you in on the latest!
BEREA - Jeff Garcia wants the Cleveland Browns to kill the current trade rumors involving wide receiver Quincy Morgan.
"I didn't realize there were trade rumors until just recently when I talked to Quincy about it, and that's something that needs to be hopefully shut off right away," Garcia said. "I think that Quincy is a valuable asset to this team, and just personally speaking, he is a valuable asset to me on the field. I don't want to have to go through a sense of filling in that position because of what he brings to the table."
In just three weeks of training camp as a Cleveland Brown, Garcia already looks to Morgan as a go-to receiver. Considering that budding relationship, Garcia wasn't happy when he learned the Browns are dangling Morgan and fellow starting wide receiver Andre Davis as trade bait to the injury-riddled Miami Dolphins.
"I think it's important to keep this team together just the way it is because we've been working hard together, we've been moving in a certain direction together," Garcia said. "The only way that this team is going to achieve what we want to achieve as an offense is if we keep this solid nucleus together."
According to a team source, the Browns and Dolphins have talked recently, but about a deal involving running back James Jackson and not Morgan or Davis.
Morgan's teammates on the other side of the football don't seem terribly excited about the prospect of a trade either, considering the other name mentioned most often in the rumors is Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
The Browns front four struggled to generate a pass rush in the preseason opener with the Tennessee Titans, but defensive tackle Gerard Warren said the current unit is only just starting to build chemistry.
"It wouldn't matter who they brought in, he would have to get in and gel with us or get his *** rejected from the group and kicked out," said Warren. "We are trying to function as a unit and as a group. We don't need some individual, some guy who is going to come in here and not work for the other three guys up front."
IN SEARCH OF A LEFT GUARD - The Browns could also be in the market for help at their musical left-guard position. In three weeks of training camp, the Browns have tried three different first-string left guards in Chad Beasley, Enoch DeMar and most recently veteran Paul Zukauskas.
"I've stressed to a couple of those guys that this is an opportunity they've been dreaming about," Garcia said. "Be ready for the opportunity and don't let it pass you by without giving it your best. Don't get mad at anybody. Get hungry, be hungry and make the most of the opportunity. It's up to them. With me having so much to think about it as it is, I can't worry about that position, as much as it does affect me."
If Zukauskas doesn't impress the coaches in Saturday's preseason game with the Detroit Lions, don't be surprised to see trade talks intensify. Coach Butch Davis hinted in a column on the Browns official website last week that the team may be forced to consider dealing for offensive line help.
Dealing Morgan to Miami to find that help is unlikely. The Dolphins have some depth at tackle, but very little at either guard position.