Anderson's swan song in Cleveland?

October, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is my first offseason prediction for 2010: This is probably Derek Anderson's final season with the Cleveland Browns.
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Derek Anderson has thrown just two TD passes this season.

The quarterback's contract makes for a pretty easy forecast. Anderson is entering the final season of a three-year deal he signed after making the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Anderson is due to make a lot of money in 2010. His base salary jumps from $1.4 million this season to $7.45 million next year, and the Browns would have to pay an additional roster bonus of $2 million to retain his services.

With Anderson currently holding the lowest passer rating (40.6) of any starting quarterback in the NFL, that seems extremely unlikely. He has two touchdowns and seven interceptions so far. Therefore, the Browns will have zero interest in investing nearly $10 million next year for that type of production.

The Browns also could approach Anderson to re-work the final year of his deal, and it will be up to the player to take the pay cut or go into free agency. At a discounted rate Cleveland may be interested in keeping Anderson, especially if the team shops fellow quarterback Brady Quinn this offseason, which I expect will be the case.

But I also wouldn't be surprised if neither Anderson nor Quinn is on Cleveland's roster in 2010.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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