Taylor: Circling The Browns

John Taylor is at it again! Get the exclusive scoop on what's happening with Browns right now, including thoughts about DA's future, the Browns cap situation, and other moves in the works. Great stuff, available exclusively for OBR subscribers!


There is a growing sense around the league that, if the Browns decide to slap the first- and third-round tender on Derek Anderson, there will not be a single team that bites on pursuing the restricted free agent.  Said one NFC personnel source, "The more film you watch on the guy, the more the lack of consistency scares the (feces) out of you."  The source added that "for the money he's gonna be looking for, and the picks it might take to get him, you want more of a sure thing at that position."

---Both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, expected to be two of the teams who might have an interest in Anderson, have all but ruled out a pursuit of Anderson.  As for the reason(s) why, see above.

---Speaking of Anderson and the tender, the Browns still have not made a decision on whether or not they will put the first & third on him.  Despite the fact that general manager Phil Savage strongly implied in his season-ending press conference that the first & third tender would be used, the first-round-only tender is still in play.  That's provided, of course, the two sides do not reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of free agency.

---Yes, the Browns and Anderson's agents have exchanged initial contract proposals.  And, no, a deal with the QB is not imminent.


Once free agency and the draft wind down and comes to an end, look for the Browns to sit down with Savage and begin the process of hammering out a contract extension.  Savage's current deal is set to expire following the 2009 season.

---Despite the fact that there are multiple openings on defensive coaching fronts, former Browns coordinator Todd Grantham has yet to receive any interest at the NFL level.  Sources have told The OBR that Alabama head coach Nick Saban might have an interest in adding Grantham to his Crimson Tide staff; unfortunately for Grantham, however, the openings Saban has are all on the offensive side of the ball.

---About that Romeo Crennel contract extension/bump in pay/whatever it turns out to be.  Yes, it is indeed a reality.  Now.  However, not only were there no serious talks about a RAC extension before offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski received one, there were no plans for serious discussions on an extension.  And Berea can spin that fact however they'd like.


Forget the $30 million number floating around as it relates to the Browns' cap space entering free agency.  The actual number right now is closer to $18 million, league sources have told The OBR.  That number does NOT include tenders for potential restricted free agents Daven Holly, Simon Fraser, Kris Griffin and, of course, Anderson.

---There have been rumblings that the Browns might be inclined to give Braylon Edwards a new contract, partly to reward his 2007 Pro Bowl-level performance and partly because his salary cap number for 2008 is right around $6.5 million.  We cannot stress enough that these are whispers that we've heard and have not been able to confirm it either way.  Just thought we'd throw it out there.


The Packers will make an attempt to re-sign defensive tackle Corey Williams, but are not expected to be able—or willing—to compete with the dollars that will be thrown the 27-year-old's way.  A league source tells The OBR that one of the rumors making the rounds at the Senior Bowl is that the Browns will make a very strong push for Williams, with the intention of moving him from a 4-3 defensive tackle to a 3-4 defensive end if signed.

---A Browns source tells The OBR that there is "almost no chance" the organization would have an interest in Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.  "We're looking to upgrade (the defensive line), not getting into the babysitting business," the source said.  Reports out of Detroit yesterday indicated that the talented but weight-challenged lineman could be released or traded.

---After checking out the free agent market and receiving little—re: no—interest, wide receiver Steve Sanders has re-signed with the Browns.  The Cleveland native spent the entire 2007 on the Browns' practice squad.

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