Cleveland Browns’ 10 best players since returning to the NFL in 1999

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CLEVELAND – OCTOBER 04: Derek Anderson Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
CLEVELAND – OCTOBER 04: Derek Anderson Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images /

10. Derek Anderson

Among the signal-callers to have been under center includes former Oregon State product, Derek Anderson. Despite the dysfunction and instability at the position, Anderson was one of very few Browns quarterbacks to have been at least serviceable.

Anderson, who was claimed off of waivers by Cleveland in 2005, was the Baltimore Ravens’ sixth-round pick in 2005. Although his time in NE Ohio was not that long, he did make history in 2007.

During that season, Anderson became the lone Browns’ quarterback to have been named a pro bowler since their return having racked up a 10-5 record, 3,787 yards, and a 29:19 TD to INT ratio.

Outside of that year and his career for that matter, Anderson has been a backup, but that is crucial, especially in Cleveland. It’s not like an elite quarterback is on the roster or at the very least a top-15 QB is under center.

In Anderson’s four seasons with Cleveland, he achieved a 16-18 record, 7,083 yards, and a 46:45 TD to INT ratio.

Had it not been for all the times Anderson’s number was called, Cleveland’s quarterback position and the overall team would have been worse off. After his time in Cleveland, Anderson spent a season with the Arizona Cardinals before finding a home with the Carolina Panthers for the last seven seasons.