BEREA, Ohio (AP) -As a reward for Cleveland's comeback season, the Browns plan to extend coach Romeo Crennel's contract.
``We have every intention of doing something right by Romeo,'' Browns general manager Phil Savage said Wednesday.
Crennel signed a five-year deal with the Browns in 2005. He began this past season with his future in doubt and a 10-22 record to show for his first two seasons in Cleveland. But after a terrible start, the Browns went 10-6 behind an explosive offense and barely missed the AFC playoffs.
The 60-year-old Crennel, who won five Super Bowl rings as an assistant, is 20-28 in his first stint as an NFL head coach.
Savage said Crennel's extension will be addressed in the near future, possibly in the next few days.
``Romeo has a great connection with the team,'' said Savage, who praised Crennel's efforts during his 2007 season wrapup news conference. ``I think the players really respect him.''
Earlier this week, the Browns gave offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski a two-year extension. Savage said the Browns were ``open to a couple of different things'' when he was asked if Crennel would get a multiyear extension.
Also, Savage said the Browns have begun talks with quarterback Derek Anderson's representatives on a long-term contract. Anderson, who began the season as Cleveland's backup, threw 29 touchdown passes in his first year as a starter and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.
Savage believes Anderson, scheduled to become a restricted free agent, deserves to start again following his breakout season.
``He deserves a chance to go into the batter's box and swing for the fences next year,'' Savage said.
The Browns want to prevent Anderson from going on the open market, where other teams could make him an offer Cleveland would have to match to keep the 24-year-old quarterback.
With Brady Quinn waiting in the wings, the Browns feel they have two good quarterbacks - a rare commodity in the league.
``We want to go into next season with both quarterbacks,'' Savage said. ``I don't want to do anything to derail us from having a good season.''
Also, Savage is hoping to re-sign running back Jamal Lewis to a long-term contract. Lewis rushed for 1,304 yards in his first season for Cleveland, which signed him to a one-year, incentive-based deal in March.
``Jamal has indicated that he really likes it here,'' Savage said.
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