I have no idea if these rumors are true, but some are speculating that the Browns are shopping Derek Anderson and that the Jets might be interested.
So the Browns are reportedly shopping Derek Anderson. At least one analyst at ESPN has even go so far as to say the Browns will be looking for at least a second-round pick for the quarterback. I think it’s pretty safe to say that a second-rounder is probably the high trade value for Anderson right now though.
Actually, Anderson is a perplexing problem for the Browns. He has shown signs of inconsistency and mental lapses, but these are things that can be drilled in order to fix. He has the arm strength and athleticism to be a great quarterback if his problems can be limited.
He’s also owed $5 million by March as a guaranteed roster bonus. To put it simply, the Browns need to decide if it’s worth investing the money to try and train this guy while Brady Quinn still sits in the wings.
So who might be willing to take a chance on this guy when the Browns are reportedly asking so much. In the matter of about 48 hours, the New York Jets have become a great possibility.
I suspect that George Kokinis knows now whether he wants to keep Anderson. His job with the Ravens involved evaluating NFL talent, particularly opposing players.
Right now I’m comfortable either way. Keeping Anderson gives them some options and some insurance in case Quinn gets hurt. Trading him would send a clear message that Quinn is the quarterback and helps to avoid any drama in training camp. If they can get a #2 pick, they should probably deal him.