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. Scout.com 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.