All the hoopla about Browns quarterback Derek Anderson appears to be over – for now. Earlier this morning Anderson and the Browns agreed to a multiyear contract to stay with the Browns, just a few hours after he became a restricted free agent. Anderson and the team agreed to a reported deal that will pay him a guaranteed $14 mil.
The Plain Dealer states the following about what Anderson has agreed to: “The terms are a three-year contract worth a maximum of $26 million, but with no less than $24 million. The actual guaranteed money is $13.5 million, but the “practical” guarantee is $14.5 million, because Anderson will most likely receive the $1 million roster bonus due next year.”
It was just Thursday that GM Phil Savage stated if Anderson had gotten an offer from another team, the Browns probably wouldn’t have been able match it and he would have been gone and Brady Quinn would have been the starter. Anderson threw 29 TD passes last season and played in the Pro Bowl, but the grumblings continue to be that the Browns want to see what Quinn could do, and since they spent a first-round pick this year on him, they have a lot invested in him.
For now, the 24-year-old signal caller will stay with the Browns, but again, there are still rumors out there that D.A will be out there for trade bait and that he very well may be moved for a first-round draft pick. Don’t forget that the Browns are giving up their second-round pick in April to the Packers for the services of D-lineman Corey Williams.