Give Anderson His Shot..In Minnesota

Mark GoodmanContributor IAugust 2, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 2:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns looks for a receiver against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter of their NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium November 2, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Derek Anderson has his share of faithful fans in Cleveland.  He also has more than his share of haters in Cleveland.  After a Pro Bowl season in 2007 he struggled to keep up with his prior season's caliber of play.  This led to Brady Quinn getting the starting job for three weeks before going down to injury. Then Anderson suffered the same fate only a few weeks later. 

Now in the heat of August, the Browns have a quarterback controversy and a new coaching staff.  While Quinn seems to be the favorite for the starting position, Anderson is starting to lose a lot of his face value.  Maybe he is a better quarterback that just had a bad season for an injury plagued team, it has happened before.  Then again, maybe he just needs a change of scenery.

If you look at the situation in Minnesota, they are practically a perfect match for a gunslinger like Anderson.  Christopher Maher (a fellow BleacherReport writer) points out in his article that Anderson is a gunslinger with a lot of potential.

The only reason the Vikings don't have Brett Favre is because he said no.  Now they have an injured quarterback in Tavaris Jackson (knee injury).  This leaves Sage Rosenfels, and John David Booty as the quarterbacks for Minnesota.  If you aren't that impressed, you aren't alone. 

If Anderson were to be traded to Minnesota the Browns would be able to ask for at least a couple mid-round draft picks (3rd and 5th).  This would open up a lot of possibilities on both sides of the trade.  The immediate impact would be Anderson in the running for the starting job as soon as he suits up in his fresh purple uniform.  If this happened prior to the 2009 season, he would have a chance at opening up the season against the Browns.  Tell me that wouldn't be the talk of ESPN for the weeks leading up to that hypothetical game.

For the Browns, there would be more draft picks for a team that seems to be in complete rebuilding mode. 

Perhaps the Browns would make a point of drafting a quarterback with one of those picks as an insurance policy in case Brady Quinn doesn't turn into the chosen one.

Either way it goes, the Browns need to figure out their quarterback situation and fast.  In my view, Derek Anderson is only being kept in the discussion in order to keep his trade value from crumbling completely.  Don't be surprised if he is gone by the 2010 Draft.