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Thursday, February 28, 2008

After Browns tender Derek Anderson, Phil Savage sounds ready to settle on Brady Quinn

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

There are a lot more awkward Poison-concert moments in Brady Quinn's Cleveland future.
Between now and next week, the face of the Cleveland Browns could be a lot prettier and way less into fishing. Today, the Browns and Derek Anderson failed to reach an agreement on a long-term deal that would keep the Moose in town past next season. Instead, GM Phil Savage has tendered DA a one-year contract worth about $2.75 million. As free agency starts tomorrow, Cleveland fans are going to see for the first time just how much interest there is around the NFL in the Pro Bowl quarterback. The tendered offer means that if another team offers DA a higher contract, the Browns have right of first refusal, and receive a first and third round draft pick as compensation should DA leave. ... Conventional wisdom for the last few weeks has been that no team thinks highly enough of DA to give up the two draft picks, and that no team would be willing to go into 6- or 7-year deal territory to sign him away from the Browns. As early as this morning, there were reports that the Browns and Anderson were very close on a new three-year deal, a sign that interest was not strong enough for DA to test the market. Alas, if you leave that questionable coffee table out on the curb long enough, someone will eventually snag it. At his press conference today, Phil Savage intimated that he suspects that at least one team is ready to offer that sort of deal to Anderson. According to The PD's Tony Grossi: “Phil Savage believes that if Derek Anderson does not accept the Browns' three-year contract offer by midnight tonight, he will sign with another team in free agency. The Browns' general manager believes that Anderson and his agents must have a suitor hiding in the weeds for them to decline the club's offer of $10 million guaranteed.” (Profootballtalk.com speculates that the team could be Detroit, Tampa Bay, Chicago, or Carolina – incidentally, Carolina just jettisoned white-gloved failure David Carr. Coincidence?) If he does get another offer, the Browns aren’t going to match it. They’re going to take their draft picks, call up a freshly chest-waxed Brady Quinn, and tell him the good news. Start grabbing more crotches young man. You've got an image to rehabilitate. – Vince Grzegorek


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