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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Raiders should consider Anderson

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Oakland Raiders have to be, at least, intrigued by the idea of pursuing former Cleveland Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson.

He was cut Tuesday by the Browns. Anderson instantly becomes the best free agent quarterback on the market. That’s not saying a whole lot, but it might be worth it to Oakland to bring him in.

Right now, the Raiders are planning to have Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell compete for the job. Oakland needs to throw another quarterback in the mix, whether it’s a veteran or a draft pick.

Anderson may be a worthy competitor to Gradkowski and Russell. If Gradkowski can pick up from where he left off before he was hurt in December, he could start. The Raiders’ offensive players really believe in Gradkowski. If the journeyman can show improvement, it should be Gradkowski’s job.

But the Raiders needs a backup plan. Yes, they need a backup plan past Russell. If Russell is really losing weight and working on his fundamentals this offseason, perhaps the former No.1 overall pick can salvage his career.

But Russell has proven he can’t be counted on.

The Raiders need more. Anderson is no superstar, but he may be worth a look in Oakland.