Reports: Browns offering Anderson three-year deal

The Cleveland Browns are optimistic they will sign quarterback Derek Anderson by next Thursday's free agency deadline.

"Talks have been a little more frequent in recent days," team GM Phil Savage said in an e-mail, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "It seems that the three-year deal is becoming more the focus. We've had pretty good dialogue and will continue over the [NFL scouting] combine."

And in an interview on WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Savage said he was optimistic.

"I do feel like [an Anderson deal] is going to get done. I have reason to think it will get done," Savage said in the interview, according to the Plain Dealer. "We'll continue to work on it, but I do think it will go down to the days before free agency."

Anderson, who won 10 games and threw 29 touchdown passes in his
first season as a starter, is scheduled to become a restricted free
agent on Feb. 29. If the Browns can't lock him up with a long-term
deal before then, they can tender him with a one-year contract
worth $2.52 million.

The club would then be able to match any contract offers made to
Anderson by other teams or receive first- and third-round draft
picks as compensation if the 24-year-old signs with another team.

But Savage is not expecting that he will have to resort to that.

"It's not anything we're working on every single hour, but it has gone back and forth several times," he said, according to the report. "I think we feel good about it."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.