Browns’ Dilemna: Keep Derek?

                  Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson 

The Cleveland Browns have a situation that they have to deal with, which depending on how they resolve it, may or may not have long-term ramifications for the team.  The dilemna is this: do they sign starting quarterback Derek Anderson to an extension?

One thing is for certain – Anderson will become a restricted free agent after this season.  so you know he will get paid, regardless who the suitor(s) are.  This season, Anderson is making $380,000 (easily the lowest paid starting QB in the NFL), so you know a big bump in pay is inevitable.  The Browns wouldn’t want to lose him as he has been one of the better QB’s in the league this season.

But at the same time, they’ll have to decide how much Anderson is worth to them considering they spent a 1st round draft pick on reserve QB Brady Quinn.  Also consider that Anderson provides some tangibles that cannot be taught – the most important one being leadership ability.  That’s not to suggest that Quinn does not possess those, but because the quarterback is an extension of the head coach on the field, Anderson has the edge there over Quinn.

The Browns do have options at their disposal.  They could place the highest tender on Anderson, which means any other team wanting Anderson would have to give up first- and third-round picks for his services.  The Browns could also place the “franchise” tag on Anderson, which forces a suitor to give up 2 1st-round picks.  Another thing to keep in mind – the Browns do not own a 1st-round pick in 2008, thanks to trading it to the Dallas Cowboys for the rights to Quinn.

The important thing to the Browns boils down to this: do they want to keep a very-well paid Anderson and a well-paid backup QB (Quinn) or do they want to let Anderson go and become very well paid elsewhere?  Fortunately for me, I am not Browns general manager Phil Savage; but let’s say that I was.  I personally would go ahead and take the chance and place the highest tender on Anderson; most teams would rather give up a 1st- and 3rd than give up two 1st round picks for a “franchised” player.  Anderson hasn’t quite earned that “franchise” tag just yet.  All of this being mindful of the fact that Quinn is the QB of the future for Cleveland.

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One Response to “Browns’ Dilemna: Keep Derek?”

  1. Jon says:

    My brother is a huge browns fan and was at the browns vs. ravens game. He was the only browns fan in the end zone of the Phil Dawson double post field goal. You can see my brother in his browns gear and I want to find a picture of this to give him for xmas. Do you have any ideas- they keep showing the view that I need on the tv. Just wondering if you had any thoughts. Thanks for your help.

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