Browns Expressing Optimism That New Deal With D. Anderson Will Get Done
Cleveland Browns General Manager Phil Savage is expressing confidence that the team will sign quarterback Derek Anderson to a new contract before he becomes a restricted free agent in nine days.
"I have reason to think it will get done," Savage told WKYC-TV in Cleveland.
Savage expressed similar sentiments to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The two sides have been discussing a three-year contract.
If they don't sign Anderson to a new deal, the Browns plan to place the highest restricted free agent tender on Anderson. That would pay him a salary of $2.562 million next season. The Browns could keep Anderson by matching any contract offer by another team in restricted free agency, and would receive first- and third-round draft picks from the club that signs Anderson if the Browns allow him to depart.
Anderson threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns as the Browns' surprise starter this past season, keeping rookie Brady Quinn on the bench. The Browns seem intent on keeping both Anderson and Quinn in the fold together for at least one more season before making a longterm commitment to one and perhaps shopping the other.
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