As the Contract Talks Turn…


The Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw has written an article on a question most Browns fans are becoming increasingly familiar with - what to do with quarterback Derek Anderson? As of right now, the two sides are very far apart on a potential deal, with Anderson commanding the kind of money Tony Romo got in his extension – something like $30 million guaranteed.  Much to Anderson’s apparent dismay, he is only being offered a three-year deal worth somewhere between $15 million and $20 million.  Someone, presumably Anderson’s agent, needs to sit him down and tell him that if he wants to stay with Cleveland, he better be willing to accept less, especially after a mediocre second half last season.

But these rough negotiations are signaling the potential end of the sweet but short-lived Derek Anderson era in Cleveland.  There are numerous quarterback-starved teams and should any of them blindly sign this now-Pro Bowler, the Browns are going to receive a first and third-round pick.  Anderson knows what he can make now that he is a presence in the NFL, and I get the feeling that he wouldn’t mind earning it somewhere else, especially if it means $30 million guaranteed.

The Browns just can’t seem to go one year without having some ridiculous situation on their hands.  They found a Pro Bowl quarterback by a pure stroke of luck and there is potential (great potential, actually) for him to be leaving after this season.  The only difference with the past teams with wins closer to zero than ten is this: there’s a legitimate starter waiting in the wings in Brady Quinn.  At this point, everyone knows Anderson wants his money and he’s not going to get it in Cleveland (thank you, wise master Savage).  Maybe it’s time to start thinking about Quinn as the starter and a first-round pick to help the defense.

Tags: Brady Quinn Cleveland Browns Contract Derek Anderson Draft Extension Football NFL Phil Savage Pro Bowl The Plain Dealer Tony Romo Trade

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian

    here is the problem that I see.  The Browns won’t pay him 30 mill so they will likely trade him to someone who will.  No team is going to pay him 30 mill plus a 1 and a 3 draft pick in Comp.  Especially the few teams that really need a QB who sit in the upper quarter of the draft.  For instance, Atl and Mia both need QB’s but neither are going to shell out 1 and 3′s plus 30 mill.  What is going to happen, is that Cleveland will end up giving him around 24 mill, he will end up taking it after the FA interest is low and the Browns won’t cave in to a trade.  Quinn will sit another year, much like Rivers did in SD.  The problem is that in SD, Brees was a year out of being a FA.  Unless the Browns decide that DA is not worth the trouble, they will find trading him exceptionally hard…unless they reduce the trade value to something out of the first round….and it stays a singular pick.

  • paul

    The Browns will sign DA to a 3 or 4 yr. deal,and trade him for a first round pick.Not a 1 and 3,no one would give that.The league is starved for QB’s.Once they sign him,they can trade him for whatever they want.They only get a 1 and 3 if someone signs him as a free agent.He would be a nice fit in Minnesota though.

  • stevedimatteo

    It’s tough to gauge what the Browns are going to do at this point – what if they are purposely lowballing Anderson so it seems like Anderson wants out or is portrayed as one of those "greedy athletes?"  I doubt they’ll be able to sign him to only a three or four-year deal, because he’d be gone before that happened.  I think Anderson senses that everyone wants Brady Quinn to be the man, and he doesn’t want to deal with the competition.  It’s unfortunate.

  • http://www.kidcleveland.com Mike Beckwith

    I don’t blame Anderson and his agent for their demands. He totaled 32 tds and is in Hawaii right now. Compare that to Romo…or even Matt Schaub’s deals and it’s quite apparent that maybe the Browns offer is just for show.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian – Inside the Iggles

    The way the NFL is set up, you force Anderson to stay if you want. Give him the highest tender as a RFA, and that would mean a 1st + 3rd as compensation if anybody else signs him. I don’t have the figure for how much that would cost, but I am sure it is relatively cheap.Then the following year he will become an UFA, and you can always franchise tag him. That will cost you a lot, but it could be well worth it. Let’s say he takes the Browns deep into the playoffs this year. You almost have to slam the tag on him to keep him around.You can just tag him every year until you get a contract worked out, or until it’s time to move on.