The first domino has fallen in the Browns’ search for a starting quarterback. The team announced Tuesday that they have terminated Derek Anderson‘s contract.
The move shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Anderson had a $2 million roster bonus due this month, and team president Mike Holmgren said the decision on the QB’s future would be made sooner rather than later.
“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 released by the team. ”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.”
One day after the Browns acquired Seneca Wallace from the Seahawks, the release of Anderson appears to bode well for Brady Quinn. But the QB situation in Cleveland is unsettled as Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert go over their options. As NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora noted Monday, the Browns still could make other moves for veteran quarterbacks before all is said and done.