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Derek Anderson: Should He Be Traded to Oakland?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 calls out a signal in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Muncipal Stadium on October 26, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Samuel IngroAnalyst IDecember 16, 2009

With the lack of development of JaMarcus Russell, head coach Tom Cable inserted former Browns quarterback Bruce Gradkowski into the starting lineup. Gradkowski went 2-2 as a starter, tossing six touchdowns and one interception, while knocking off the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

In last week's game versus Washington, Gradkowski injured both knees and missed the second half in the Raiders 34-13 loss. JaMarcus Russell was put back in the lineup and threw for an underwhelming 74 yards and throwing yet another interception.

This week against Denver, it appears that Tom Cable is once again going to the former Cleveland quarterback well. Recently announcing that Charlie Frye will get the nod this week.

Last time Frye started a game was 2008, going 12-23, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It appears that even Charlie Frye is a better quarterback than the most heralded, expensive flop in Raider history, JaMarcus Russell.

In a new rumor this week, started by me, Cleveland backup quarterback Derek Anderson may soon be traded to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks. With the Cleveland Browns in a rebuild and a deep draft on it's way, adding another third or fourth round pick would round it out with an even dozen selections.

Unloading Derek Anderson also frees up cap space for the Cleveland Browns, puts a strong-armed, veteran quarterback on a team of speedy wide receivers in Oakland, and ironically Anderson again replaces career backup Charlie Frye.

It also puts Derek approximately nine hours away from his hometown crowd, and back in warm weather, where he excelled in college. Perhaps this is exactly what all parties involved need to finally find success.

JaMarcus Russell -  51.9% completion percentage, 17 TD's, 22 INT's, 65.0 QB rating
Charlie Frye - 62% completion percentage, 16 TD's, 25 INT's, 70.4 QB rating
Bruce Gradkowski - 53.3% completion percentage, 15 TD's, 16 INT's, 65.9 QB rating
Derek Anderson - 52.9% completion percentage, 45 TD's, 44 INT's, 69.6 QB rating

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