All in a season’s work, Derek Anderson stepped into the starting quarterback position half way through an opening week debacle against the Pittsburgh Steelers and never looked back. 3,800 yards and 29 touchdown passes later, the restricted free agent would now like to get paid.
You’re talking about a guy who couldn’t even use his “Player of the Week” spot outside of the Browns’ training facility because he and his wife share a car. Not that I can attest, but pulling up between luxury vehicles, only to get dropped off at your place of employment cannot be very uplifting. You would think that the guy could hitch a ride with someone and allow them to park there.
But I digress as the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Browns have hit the ground running by offering Anderson a three-year deal, with terms unknown. After a 10-5 season, and becoming a Pro Bowl Alternate, Anderson is said to be looking for a six-year contract, with the obvious goal being job security and cashing in on a solid season. Given the fact that Cleveland also has another long-term answer at quarterback currently sitting on the bench in Brady Quinn, its unlikely that he’ll be getting a six-year offer any time soon.
While General Manager Phil Savage has stated that the goal is to have both quarterbacks in tow for next season, it may be the last one as such given that if the two parties cannot agree on an extension, the team can slap a one-year tender on the Oregon native. Leverage will not be Derek Anderson’s friend in the upcoming weeks, as these two sides will likely exchange up until the February 29th deadline.
NFL notebook: Browns, Anderson begin negotiations [Columbus Dispatch]