“What stands out most is the huge roster bonus of $5 million due before the 2009 season. This confirms everyone’s suspicion that Cleveland’s two-quarterback system is a one-year experiment. The Browns will not pay Anderson a $5 million roster bonus next year unless they are convinced he is their long-term solution at quarterback. If not, the Browns likely will make a trade and turn to Brady Quinn. Of course, all of this hinges on Anderson's performance in 2008.”The other piece of Anderson news today is finally the answer to these questions: Why did Phil Savage basically raise against himself when offering Anderson more money in the early hours of free agency? Why did the offer go from $20 million to $26 million when there was no apparent interest from other teams? And what was with Phil’s very specific quote back on March 1 about the situation: “'I didn't want to be standing on the street corner with a late one and a late three while another team was using our quarterback to go up into the top 10 of the draft. 'That was something that seemed to be a real possibility.''? Rumor has it the Dallas Cowboys were willing to sign Anderson, give the Browns their first and third round picks (number 28 in both rounds), then turn around and deal Anderson to the Ravens for Baltimore’s No. 8 pick in the first round. Ozzie and the Ravens wanted DA, but knew Savage wouldn’t deal the Pro Bowler inside the division. So by upping Anderson’s contract and convincing him to stay, Savage now has two potential starters at quarterback next year, another year to let Quinn mature, and trade bait in Anderson after the 2008 season so that we can get high draft picks for him. And, Savage prevented the Moose from playing against us two games a year. In other words, we all owe Phil a round of applause. Yes, even you Quinn honks. – Vince Grzegorek
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