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Are the Browns Gaining the Upper Hand on Anderson?


The Browns have said over and over that they want to get a deal done with quarterback Derek Anderson, who will enter the free agent period as a restricted free agent. Many have thought that even with the “restricted” label, some teams may want to take a long look at Anderson, who had the best season a Browns QB has had in years, and is a Pro Bowl alternate in the AFC.

Not so fast. is reporting that even with the high numbers and solid season that Anderson had in 2007, there is an opinion that no team is interested in Anderson if he’s given that first and third round tender. In other words, he’s got value, but not enough for a team to give up their first and third round draft picks for him.

There have been rumblings in the past about the Dolphins having interest in Anderson, but right now with their current state at QB, there are not many QB’s they wouldn’t have interest in. Nevertheless, he’s not worth the number one pick, and there’s no way the Dolphins would part with it for Anderson. Two other teams that would be interested in a QB this offseason are the Vikings and Bears, but the article says that Anderson is totally out of their plans based on the price.

So what is the worth of a QB like Anderson? He had a great season, and is still young enough to still have time to improve on some of the mistakes he made late in the season. With that, he’s not worth a number one pick, unless it’s in the last 4-5 picks of the round, and all those teams seem set at QB. There’s the Brady Quinn “X-Factor” as well, as the Browns have to eventually make a decision to give the ball to Anderson or Quinn long-term. That’s a decision that inside the organization they still seem torn on.

If someone rolls up with an offer to Anderson, the Browns will listen. Otherwise, they will be the only ones bidding for the services of a QB that they already have, and a QB that they may not eventually want to keep around if Quinn pans out to be the player they thought he was when they drafted him in the first round in a trade with the Cowboys for this years first-round pick.

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6 Responses to “Are the Browns Gaining the Upper Hand on Anderson?”

  1. […] Are the Browns Gaining the Upper Hand on Anderson? – Browns gab […]

  2. racdawg says:

    browns should keep anderson unless dolphins offer 2 2nd round picks this years and next years would be a win win for both teams

  3. Kyle Ray says:

    It might be better to let Anderson hit the ‘Restricted FA Market” just to see where he stands. I like the guy but to dish a lot of money to someone after one solid year(yea its better than giving it to a unknown draft pick) might be a mistake. All Im trying to say is get him as cheap as possible in case he does not pan out so where not stuck taking a bad cap hit and a back up QB making starter money. GO BROWNS
    Will the true Browns fans please stand up

  4. Shroom says:

    The Browns will screw this up. He’ll hit the RFA market, have no takers, have a great year and leave the next to free agency. The Browns will be left with an unproven QB yet again, get beat twice by Pittsburgh for another decade. Been a Browns fan to long to expect anything else.

  5. BP Diamond says:

    Hell, give Brady up for the first and third round picks!

  6. Browns Fan says:

    Everyone seems to want to get rid of Derek Anderson, and throw him to the scrap heap for next to nothing…all for an unproven Brady Quinn. Need I remind the fickle fans of Cleveland about a former OVERALL number one pick, who was coached by a supposed QB guru? *cough* We’re talking about you Tim Couch *cough*

    Ever since Bernie retired, the Browns have been suspect at the QB position, and now that they finally have someone step forward and seem like a true leader…everyone wants to shuffle him off to another city. Pay Derek Anderson fair market value…wrap it up any way possible so that he can focus on football and nothing else. There are less than a handfull of QBs in the NFL that I would rather have than Anderson, and to lose him on maybe’s and what if’s is stupid.

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