Anderson Contract Details Revealed

The Cleveland Browns surprised many by signing quarterback Derek Anderson to a new three-year deal right after the beginning of free agency. Scout.com's Adam Caplan lets us in on more exclusive details of Derek Anderson's contract and, more importantly, what they mean.

Scout.com revealed details of Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson's new contract a few weeks ago in the NFL Draft/Free Agency Insider Blog.

A league source notes more interesting details inside the three-year deal which he signed back on March 1.

While Anderson doesn't have a roster bonus for the 2008 season, he does have one due on around March 15, 2009 ($5 million bonus is paid he if he's on the 80-man roster on the 15th day of the league year which is around 3/15).

So we would look at the deal this way, if he plays well this season, the team will likely pick up the bonus which would trigger his deal for the 2009 season. If he plays poorly, they'll likely look to deal him before the bonus is due or just decide not to pick it up which make him an unrestricted free agent on the 15th day of the league year (our guess that date is on or around March 15).

Anderson also has a roster bonus due for the 2010 season (final year of the deal). The details are virtually the same in that he'll earn the bonus if he's on the 80-man roster on the 15th day of the league year. The only difference is this bonus is for $2 million. So again, if he plays well in year two, they'll likely pay him the bonus. If he stumbles, they'll look to deal him before the bonus is due or they'll decline to pick it up making him an unrestricted free agent.

Anderson also has workout bonuses of $50,000 in each year he completes at least 40 workouts. He also has Pro Bowl bonuses of $500,000 for each time that he's selected to play. He would not get the bonus as an injury replacement or as an alternate. He also has playing time incentives which could yield him an extra $500,000 if he takes 75 percent of the snaps in 2008 or 2009 and the team makes the playoffs in either year (he would get the bonus money in the final year of the deal).

We'll take a look a deeper look at Brady Quinn's deal as we get closer to the draft and whether or not it would be wise to keep him on the roster.


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