Great news on the Browns front as Jamal Lewis re-upped for three more years of running behind Joe T, Steiny, Fat Hank, the Tuckster, and HPC.
Terms not disclosed, but I am sure with his desire to stay in Cleveland (and the realization that he is running behind a great O line) and Phil Savage's savvyness it is a fair deal on both parts that won't handcuff the Browns nor rub Jamal the wrong way. I am sure the deal is front-loaded as well so if the Browns need to they can cut ties after two years and not take a giant cap hit.
Smart move, IMHO, as Lewis is the only other Brown besides THE Brown, Jim Brown, to rush for over 1,300 yards in a season. He gives the Browns the ability to close games when ahead and runs with a passion. He also opens up the passing offense for whoever is QB and the fact that he got stronger as the season went on bodes well.
I'd still like to see a bit more of J. Wright and J. Harrison mixed in, a la the San Diego Chargers do with LDT, Michael Turner, and Darren Sproles, but keeping Lewis is a big deal for C-Town.
That leaves Derek Anderson as the only "big" free agent the Browns have left to re-sign before the free agent period starts on Feb. 29. DA's either going to take a two to three year deal or the Browns will give him the max restricted free agent tender.
If he gets that max tender it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, would be willing to pony up a first and third round draft choice for him. It will also be interesting to see if the Browns take the picks or match the offer.
Any way it goes down, the Browns are going to make him prove that 2007 was not a fluke and that the big drop off he had in the second half was merely a growing pain and learning curve.
One thing is for certain, after the 2008 season Browns fans will know whether DA or The Golden Boy will be their QB for the next 10 years.