Though he hasn’t and likely won’t say or do anything publicly to indicate his feelings on the matter, a league source tells us that Browns starting quarterback (for now) Derek Anderson is happy that receiver Braylon Edwards has been traded to the Jets.
We were surprised, given that Anderson likes to throw the deep ball and that Edwards had been the team’s top vertical option. Then again, the number of dropped passes over the past year and change likely influenced Anderson’s thinking.
The eight catches and 148 yards from rookie Mohamed Massaquoi probably increases Anderson’s comfort level regarding Edwards’ absence, too.
And so the Browns have in little more than seven months dumped their two top-ten draft picks from 2005 and 2004 — Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow.
Two years ago, it appeared that both players would be Cleveland fixtures well into the next decade.