Derry: All Bets are On

Frank peers into the future, predicting the Browns immediate future. It's Nostramus-y! And, yes, that is SO a word. Check out what the future holds...

I'd be willing to bet:

That soon after the 2008 draft ends, there will be renewed interest around the league in quarterback Derek Anderson. There are only a few quality quarterbacks available in this year's draft and there are probably a half-dozen teams that would love to add someone like Boston College's Matt Ryan. It boils down to a matter of supply and demand. The teams that miss out on getting a franchise-type quarterback will be looking elsewhere. In this case, elsewhere could very well be Cleveland.

I'd be willing to bet:

That even though general manager Phil Savage insists "We're going through 2008 with both quarterbacks (Anderson and Brady Quinn)," if the right offers comes along, he'll definitely listen with both ears.

Anderson's three-year, $26 million contract, while certainly big bucks to you and I, makes him trade-friendly for teams looking to acquire a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback, especially when you look at the big bucks that have been dished out elsewhere.

Anderson's windfall pales in comparison to the eight-year, $102 million deal Ben Roethlisberger just signed with the Steelers and the six-year, $69 deal Tony Romo signed with Dallas.

I'd be willing to bet:

Savage will regret saying there won't be `an open competition' for the starting quarterback job this summer.

Granted, there might not be one. But that isn't something the general manager should say publicly at any time. The decision on whether there is open competition should at least look like it's being made by the head coach and should not be based upon how much a player is being paid. Romeo Crennel, behind closed doors, had to be fuming.

I'd be willing to bet:

If Anderson goes 4-for-10 for 34 yards and one interception in the first half of the regular-season opener, he will not be benched at halftime the way Charlie Frye was last year. And you know for a fact that Anderson won't be traded after one week the way Frye was.

I'd be willing to bet:

Kellen Winslow Jr., will have a new contract by the time training camp gets underway in July. While I remain old school and believe a guy should not be able to demand a new contract just because he has had a good year, things are different these days. If you need proof, just look at the fact Crennel got a new contract after just one winning season.

I'd be willing to bet:

Jamal Lewis will not pull a "Reuben Droughns" and rest on his fat wallet. Once Droughns signed his multi-year contract with the Browns after rushing for 1,232 yards in 2005, he seemed to be much less motivated.

Lewis was obviously "hungry" last season as he rushed for 1,304 yards while playing on a one-year deal that guaranteed him only $3.5 million. His new, three-year deal is said to be worth at least $5 million per year with about $8 million guaranteed. I look for Lewis to prove he is worthy of the big bucks.

I'd be willing to bet:

That the additions of defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams will have an immediate impact on the Browns' defensive backs. They will all become much better simply because there will be more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The days of wide receivers having all day to get open should soon be a thing of the past.

I'd be willing to bet:

Eric Wright will develop into an outstanding cornerback and that either Sean Jones or Brodney Pool receives Pro Bowl consideration at safety in 2008.

I'd be willing to bet:

Savage will somehow find a way to pick up either a second or third round draft pick. That'll definitely be true if he sees a guy who he had projected as a first-rounder fall into the second round, or if a projected first day guy is available on day two.

I'd be willing to bet:

That with the addition of wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, it won't be long until either Braylon Edwards or Winslow complains about not having the ball thrown his direction enough.

I'd be willing to bet:

The Browns will win the AFC North this coming season and will make a serious run at their first Super Bowl appearance.

I'd be willing to bet:

The Browns will beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh in 2008.

I'd be willing to bet:

You'll only remember these predictions if they are wrong.


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