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Cleveland Browns Say Goodbye To Derek Anderson...Could He Land in Arizona?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 9, 2010

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after being sacked by the Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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After many speculations long ago due to a $2 million bonus that he was to receive on March 19, the Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of 2007 Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson.

Anderson has been treading on thin ice for the last two seasons and ever since he had a breakout year in 2007, when he lead the Browns to a 10-6 record and went from waiver wire castoff to a Pro Bowl quarterback.

Sadly, it was all downhill from then on, and Anderson has played notoriously bad the past two seasons, having one of the worst quarterback ratings in the history of the NFL during a few games in 2009.

The writing was on the wall when Browns' president Mike Holmgren traded off his former backup quarterback Seneca Wallace on March 8.

The Browns would have been best to trade Anderson after the 2007 season, but instead, then-general manager Phil Savage re-signed him to a new three-year contract, which made sense seeing as how Savage was one of Anderson's biggest fans and took a chance on him at first with Baltimore.

After bringing Anderson to Cleveland, there was a constant quarterback competition and now that Holmgren is in charge he said that will not happen in 2010 and he will name an official starter.

Anderson's free-fall the past two seasons dramatically hurt his stock and the Browns knew there were not going to be any trade partners for Anderson, especially since he was going to be making close to $9 million in total salary and bonuses in 2010.

So instead, the cord was cut, and the Browns are moving on and forward without the former Pro Bowler.

Anderson may land on his feet quicker than most think, seeing as how NFL insiders are already saying that both the Panthers and Cardinals may have interest in acquiring Anderson because he has experience as a starter and since both teams are in need of a good backup behind Matt Leinart and Matt Moore.

Other possible teams that may be interested in Anderson's services are: the Bills, Seahawks, Giants, and Ravens (if they move Troy Smith).

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