Phil Savage earned his paycheck Saturday.
The Cleveland general manager selected Wisconsin tackle Joe ThomasatNo.3,thenspentthenext three hours on the phone trying to get back into the first round.
When he finally found a partner in Dallas, he pulled the trigger on a deal to take Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn at No. 22.
‘We didn’t expect Brady Quinn to fall as far as he did,’’ Savage said. ‘‘We started calling teams at No. 12. We had Brady rated very high on our board, just not top three.”
Savage sent his 36th pick overall and a No. 1 selection next year to Dallas to get Quinn, then made another deal with the Cowboys to move back into the second round to grab UNLV cornerback Eric Wright.
The Browns gave up their third- and fourth-round picks, plus swapped sixth-rounders with Dallas to get the second deal done.
‘‘This will probably be the day that defines the Browns’ turnaround, if indeed it does happen,’’ Savage said. ‘ ‘‘We actually have a chance to do something. All this (bad) luck is a bunch of junk. We’re going to do it, just give us a chance.”