Cleveland Browns release QB Derek Anderson

The Cleveland Browns released former Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson, the team announced Tuesday.

New team president Mike Holmgren said it would be a “long shot” that both Anderson and Brady Quinn would be on the roster. A major reason for choosing Quinn was Anderson’s contract required a $2 million roster bonus this month and a $7.45 million salary in 2010.
“I want to thank Derek for everything that he gave to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last five years,” Browns coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. “He did everything we asked of him and it was a pleasure to coach such a competitive person. I want to wish him all the best in the future.”

Anderson will likely catch on with another team quickly. He’s 6-foot-6, he’s young and he’s got one of those rare rifle arms that make NFL GMs drool. He’s also got experience with 34 career starts. Cleveland remains unsure of its starting quarterback for next season. The team has been very active in searching for potential trades and will likely continue to do so. Holmgren said last week that the team was actively looking for a quarterback but did not specify if that meant in free agency or via trade.

The Browns also have 11 picks in April’s draft, and it’s possible the club could use a high one to groom a starter.

Source: ESPN.COM
[URL] Walker covers the AFC North for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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