Interest in Browns QB Anderson could rise before draft

As April’s NFL Draft nears, the value of Browns QB Derek Anderson could only rise.

At least that’s what the team is hoping.

New Browns general manager George Kokinis and new head coach Eric Mangini must figure out what to do with their two quarterbacks, Anderson and Brady Quinn.

Anderson had a Pro Bowl year in 2007, throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns, but he was benched and replaced by Quinn after starting the 2008 season 3-5. Quinn, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2007 draft, went 1-2 as the Browns’ starter before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Regarding the QB situation, Mangini had this to say to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “We haven’t defined which way that has to go. I think I am open to all different possibilities.”

So the Browns enter the offseason with a new head coach, a new GM and a big decision at quarterback. But it could get easier if a QB-needy team comes calling for a quarterback.

One potential problem, the Plain Dealer notes, is Anderson’s contract, which calls for a $5 million roster bonus on March 15. Anderson signed a three-year, $24 million deal prior to the 2008 season.

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