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01/10 Morning Minute: Checkbooks and Flatlines

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While there were rumors of all sorts heading into yesterday, it is starting to look more and more like Derek Anderson will be the Browns starting quarterback during the 2008 season, and possibly more.  GM Phil Savage acknowledges the fact that lacking quarterback depth can really hurt a team, so having two quality quarterbacks isn’t out of the question. 

What is great about the Savage interview from yesterday is the fact that Cleveland is now considered a safe haven of sorts for quarterbacks.  The GM actually used the words “perks of the job,” discussing the great offensive line, solid skill players and a great coordinator (recently signed to an extension) that was able to prove to the NFL that Anderson was in fact a good quarterback.  Not many other franchises can offer that right now, regardless of money. 

The wrinkle may come around next season when Brady Quinn’s incentive-laden contract will come into effect.  If Quinn does not play at least 70 percent of the plays in 2009, he will in fact leave $10 million of bonus money on the table – making that hold out even more expensive.

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Written by Scott @ WFNY

January 10, 2008 at 1:40 pm