Browns don't complete deal before QB Derek Anderson hits free agent market Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:32
NFL Headline News

 The Cleveland Browns are poised to launch Plan B at quarterback.
B, for Brady, that is.
The club was unable to sign starter Derek Anderson to a three-year, $20 million contract - $10 million guaranteed - before Friday's 12:01 a.m. free agency deadline and are prepared to turn their high-powered offense over to Brady Quinn, a first-round pick from last year and fan favorite.
On Thursday, Browns general manager Phil Savage protected the club by tendering Anderson a one-year contract offer for $2.5 million in 2008. Anderson did not accept the deal, making him a restricted free agent and on the market.
Teams can now negotiate with the 24-year-old Anderson, who went from backup to Pro Bowler in 2007. If Anderson accepts an offer, Savage said it would ``make it extremely difficult'' for the Browns to match it. The club would have seven says to do so.
Because of the high tender, if the Browns decide to let Anderson go, they'll receive first- and third-round picks as compensation in April's NFL draft.
Before the deadline, Savage said Anderson and his agents must have felt there was interest in him to risk turning down the Browns' offer.
``If he's willing to take the walk out there, there's got to be some indication there's something at the end of the rainbow,'' said Savage, who reiterated his preference would be to keep Anderson and Quinn. ``If Derek wants to be a Brown and really wants to stay here in Cleveland and play with the players that are on our team, then he can do that rather easily.
``We can look in the mirror and know we put a strong offer out there. We're in a good situation either way.''
The Browns don't have a first-round pick in 2008 because they traded it to select Quinn, the former Notre Dame star who sat behind Anderson all season. Quinn didn't play until the season finale, but showed nice touch and poise when he was in.
Savage is confident Quinn is ready to be a No. 1 starter.
``There's a comfort level that Brady can walk in, administrate the offense and do even more than that,'' Savage said. ``He does have some mobility, is physically strong and has a good arm. The mental part is going to end up being his greatest strength.''
Before the deadline, Savage said if Anderson declines the club's multiyear offer and opts to test the free-agent market, it's unlikely he'll be back.
The Browns can continue negotiating a long-term deal with Anderson during free agency. If Anderson leaves, the Browns would be in the market for an experienced backup, Savage said.
Messages seeking comment from Anderson's agent, Mark Humenik, were not returned.
Aside from Anderson, the Browns, who went 10-6 last season and narrowly missed the playoffs, have other pressing needs in free agency. Savage said the club will try to bolster its defensive line and linebacking corps.
According to several reports, the Browns were working on a trade with Green Bay for defensive tackle Corey Williams. Williams, who tied a career-high with seven sacks last season, was designated as the Packers' franchise player last week.
Savage hopes to have free agents visit Cleveland in the next few days, but he didn't anticipate any quick signings. Last year, the Browns signed free agent guard Eric Steinbach on Day 1 of free agency.
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 465 Minnesota Vikings 87%
#2 463 New Orleans Saints 82%
#3 129 Seattle Seahawks 80%
#4 121 San Francisco 49ers 79%
#5 103 Detroit Lions 77%
#6 131 Arizona Cardinals 76%
#7 113 New England Patriots 75%
#8 481 New England Patriots 73%
#9 125 Baltimore Ravens 73%
#10 112 Green Bay Packers 72%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 9/4
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 3/1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 4/1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 19/4
GREEN BAY PACKERS 6/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 7/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 15/2
CHICAGO BEARS 9/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 10/1
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 14/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com