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Anderson Trade A Possibility For Bucs

Posted Feb 19, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Feb 19, 2009 at 01:13 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – A lot of the talk here at the combine is centering around the Bucs and their quarterback position.

Few believe the Bucs are ready to just hand the starter’s job to Luke McCown, so the question is, who they will bring in to challenge McCown for the starter’s job.

Free agents such as Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman and Patrick Ramsey are all being thrown around as possibilities but one possibility that is gaining steam would have the Bucs trading with the Browns for Derek Anderson.

Anderson has one of the strongest arms in the league as well as just about every physical tool you need to be a difference maker at his position. What he doesn’t have is a great understanding of defenses or the game’s nuances.

With a little work and a bit of a push he could be developed into one of the game’s better quarterbacks and word is the Brown might take as little as a third-round pick for him.

When you consider that he’s younger than Luke McCown but has more experience than McCown it doesn’t sound like a bad option for the Bucs to consider, especially with Jeff Jagodzinski running the offense.

Jagodzinski figures to be a little more aggressive than Jon Gruden was and Anderson would probably fit what he does well. Also, with Jagodzinski and Greg Olson tutoring him, Olson would likely max out on his potential.

Reader Comments

Por (cval) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

A QB that doesn’t understand defenses? You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me. How would Anderson be any different than McCown? If Luke is that bad, why did they give him such a contract? Makes no sense.We’ve got a journeyman veteran in Griese who can manage a game and even win if he can keep the INT’s down. Draft a kid with potential and let him ride pine while McCown gets his chance. If such a draftee pulls ahead, then so be it.

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Por (Tatersalad) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Any trade would be better than Griese he is at best a backup.

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Por (DarthRandall) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oh, God….........

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Por (billy buco) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Do It

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Por (Ron Hubbard) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hahahahah…Byron Leftwich,JP Losman and Patrick Ramsey are are being thrown around….now that’s a trio of world beaters for ya. Why not take a chance on Anderson I mean if you rolled all our QBs together they wouldn’t make a lint ball. I mean it’s obvious this guy JJ, you can call me Ray Jay,you can call me Hay Hay just don’t call me late for my paycheck is not the quarterback of the future and poor little Luke is so skinny and fraille looking who knows how many games he can play before he gets sawed in half. As for Griese what can you say…come on what can you say….as I figured you can’t say anything.

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Por (Greg Wellmaker) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey lets see if we can get him , its worth a shot its not like great quarterbacks are growing on trees,so Tampa fans lets stop being so negative and lets get behind the players we have and give our new coaches a chance.

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Por (TDarwin315) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

How is it odvious that Josh Johnson isnt the QB of the future?... the guy has played just 1 season of football and as far as i can remember he hasent even got 1 regular season snap yet.. so please let me hear your opinion on how thats so odvious…??

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Por (Michael Joseph) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Greg, thank you so much i thought i was the only one. yea why are so many “tampa bay fans” so negative about the team. if you think negative you will get negative. how about being a true fan and getting behind the players we have. what is not to say johnson cant be the future? no one knows if he can or not yet. o and just to make it clear this is the OFF SEASON there is around 5-6 months before they even report to one buc place so just chill out, support what there doing, and stop being negative cuz its really getting annoying.

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Por (Dave) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This guy is young with a gun for an arm. He had a great year 2 years ago, but has been injured since. I say take him.

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Por (ref813) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

McCown has never been a failure for us.  Anderson was a huge failure last year even with a pretty good TE and WR.  If they’re going to get someone as an insurance policy for McCown and Johnson, it shouldn’t be this guy.  He may be better than Griese, but he’ll probably cost a lot more, too.  Go with Leftwich.  I don’t care how much I hate saying that.  He may have a few good years in him.  He could at least push McCown.  Gross and Scaife are gone, now, too.  We’re going to need a good draft with all of these tags and signings.

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Por (Dave) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Ref, I saw Leftwich in person at a Bucs game in Atlanta 2 years ago and he takes forever to get rid of the ball. He winds up like a women softball pitcher. And as far as Josh Johnson, he was Gruden’s pick because of the offense Gruden runs. He will not be with this team the first game of the season.

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Por (oar) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Dave, it’s still a variation of the west coast offense, just with more vertical tweaking. So maybe Josh Johnson will be around. Greg Olsen is still the QB coach and he had some good things to say about the kid and his abilities in an interview a while back on pewterreport.

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Por (Noah) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Eh, I dunno if Derek Anderson is the answer, but if the Bucs only have to give up a 3rd rounder, it wouldn’t be a bad pickup. The only thing is his contract. You don’t want to overpay for a guy that could end up being just a backup

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Por (warbuc) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

test what tn. will take for young, if they loved collins so much. young will be the best one possible, even matt ryan.

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Por (BayBoozer) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)


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Por (George L Hicks) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think Derrick Anderson from the Browns would be a great addition to Bucs QB. Then if we get Anderson, then the young QB from Kansas State would not have to be selected with a high draft choice, Then Tampa could get a DT,DE,MLB ,RB or WR with pick #19. Go Bucs

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Por (Tom) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m a Browns fan so I’ve seen a lot of Anderson.  His struggles last year had more to do with terrible coaching and even worse training camps.

DA has some raw talent but the Browns ran training camp like it was a resort.  Half the offensive personel didn’t know what to do or where to line up.  Furthermore, the coaching staff lost all sense of discipline so WR’s with slippery hands regulary screamed at Anderson on the side lines.

With the right coaching he could be a top 10 QB.  Having Bryant at WR wouldn’t hurt either.

I’m in no hurry to see him leave Cleveland and if we traded him for less than a quality second round pick it would IMO be a mistake.

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Por (Dirk Kuyt) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Tom from Cleveland:

Please, stop throwing out that propaganda about the Browns running a “resort club” training camp. You Cleveland fans need to stop with blaming Romeo Crennel for everything that went wrong last season.
What did a resort-club training camp - if there even was one - have to do with Anderson looking totally indecisive in many games? Showing no touches on many passes? Having teammates punk him and shove him on the field during games? Getting a concussion in a pre-season game because he has absolutely no mobility?
Stop making excuses for Anderson by blaming everything on the former coaching staff.

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Por (Brandon) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Leave it to Cummings to speculate that a scatter armed clayfooted QB will be traded for to run the WCO….  Boy oh boy, that Roy Cummings, he doesn’t just report the news… he MAKES THE NEWS!!!  I’m calling BS on this one, Roy.

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Por (ben sand) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

enough with the trading draft picks! especially for QB’s!(note Bucs history on this one). we need as many high draft picks as possible. trading down in the 1st round for extras would be best. this team needs as much young talent added as possible. TOO MANY WAISTED PICKS OVER RECENT YEARS!!!

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Por (BR ED) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

DA is solid.  Deserves a new shot with a WR that makes a play. No drops. Bryant down there can do it.

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Por (Go Browns) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Where do you guys think McCown came from? Yeah…Cleveland!!! He’s a bust. I hope the best for D.A. Go Browns!!!!

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Por (:PapaJohn) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

A fourth rounder, no higher and maybe a conditional pick depending on how well he does.

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Por (tatmanfish) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

mccown got such a contract? a little over 2mil is chump change for a starting qb. most backups make that. avg. starting qb salary is close to 7mil. in case noone can remember mccown takes a lot of sacks. he has no pocket presence. if he can take care of that maybe, but anderson is definately a better qb. anderson is the best qb available, especially for cheap. the only other option is cassell which will cosrt a 1st and 14mil for a one year wonder that had guys like moss and welker to throw to.

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Por (cval) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sorry Tatman, but I was referring to McCown’s salary as a backup to Anderson which is what is implied by the article. Last year, by the way, Cassel’s total salary (with bonus) was $525,640. Flacco started for the Ravens with a total salary of $1,300,000. Numerous backups were paid between $0.5 Million and $1 million, such as Orlovsky, Bollinger, Beck, Leftwich, Thigpen, and a host of others. Just check USA Today’s salary database.

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