I may have said this, but the Browns have offered quarterback Derek Anderson a three-year contract. Shows what I know, but I still get the feeling that Phil Savage didn’t think he would get enough in return for Anderson and decided to bring him back. Plus, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have two legitimate quarterbacks, allowing Brady Quinn to learn every facet of the offensive system from the bench instead of while he watches a corner steak down the sidelines for a pick-six after an errant throw.
Offering only a three-year deal to Anderson means the entire future is not based entirely around him. Should he regress and resemble more of the second-half D.A., then the Browns can turn to Quinn. But I don’t want to seem like I have no confidence in Anderson, because I do. I hope stability (at least for a few more years) can be found at the quarterback position, allowing the team to focus on other needs.
Running back Jamal Lewis was offered a two-year deal. As an unrestricted free agent, the Browns could lose him to another team easier than Anderson, who is a restricted free agent.