Quarterback Derek Anderson's uneven five-year stint with the Cleveland Browns is over.
The team released the one-time Pro Bowl selection Tuesday, one day after the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle.
Anderson made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw 29 touchdown passes and led the club to a 10-6 record. However, his promising career has been in a tailspin ever since. He lost his starting job to Brady Quinn at the start of last season, got it back, lost it again, returned to the starting lineup when Quinn got hurt, and won Cleveland’s last two games.
Anderson, 26, spent five seasons with Cleveland, which claimed him off waivers from Baltimore in 2005. Anderson was due a $2 million roster bonus March 19 and his salary was set for $7.45 million in 2010, financial burdens that factored heavily into the Browns’ decision to dump him.
“I want to thank Derek for everything that he gave to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last five years,” coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. “He did everything we asked of him, and it was a pleasure to coach such a competitive person. I want to wish him all the best in the future.”
Anderson, a former Oregon State standout, passed for 3,787 yards in 2007, tossing 17 of his 29 TD passes to wide receiver Braylon Edwards, whom Cleveland last season traded to the New York Jets. Blessed with one of the NFL’s strongest arms, Anderson was never able to duplicate the success he attained in ’07.
In seven starts last season, Anderson completed just 81 of 182 passes (45 percent) for 888 yards with three TDs and 10 interceptions.
Anderson’s rating was an abysmal 42.1 and the Browns went 3-4 with him in the starting lineup. But despite his struggles and constant criticism from Cleveland fans, who preferred Quinn, Anderson never complained and remained one of the team’s leaders.
After Quinn sustained a season-ending foot injury on Dec. 20, Anderson started and won Cleveland’s final two games as the Browns finished with a four-game winning streak – a spurt that likely saved Mangini’s job.
Jones heads to K.C.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent running back Thomas Jones, who led the New York Jets to the AFC championship game last season and was the NFL’s third-leading rusher.
Jones had career highs of 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He was a 2008 Pro Bowl selection with 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The 31-year-old is expected to supplement third-year running back Jamaal Charles, who was Kansas City’s MVP last season with 1,120 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Eagles stick with Vick
Michael Vick says the Philadelphia Eagles exercised their 2010 option on him, meaning the quarterback will receive a $1.5 million roster bonus sometime this week.
Vick, in Baltimore on Tuesday to receive the Ed Block Courage Award, is due $5.25 million in salary next season. But with starter Donovan McNabb and backup Kevin Kolb still in the fold for the Eagles, there has been speculation they might try to trade Vick.
After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Jim Sorgi signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants to back up Eli Manning. … Injury-plagued running back Kevin Jones, who missed last season after tearing ligaments in his left ankle in the preseason finale, has been released by the Chicago Bears. … The Denver Broncos signed unrestricted free-agent defensive linemen Jamal Williams and Jarvis Green. … Nose tackle Jason Ferguson has been re-signed by the Miami Dolphins, even though he was suspended last week for the first eight games of this season. … The Green Bay Packers have signed former Washington State wide receiver Charles Dillon, a first-year player who spent time in Indianapolis’ training camp in 2008.