For his efforts in helping drag the Browns out of the NFL's basement, Crennel is on the verge of being rewarded with a contract extension by the club. Cleveland went 10-6 and barely missed making the AFC playoffs in his third season as coach.
“We have every intention of doing something for Romeo,” Browns general manager Phil Savage said Wednesday.
In his first public comments since Cleveland's turnaround ended one win shy of the postseason, Savage also said he's hoping to re-sign Anderson, who went from inexperienced backup to Pro Bowl alternate in just months.
Savage feels the 24-year-old restricted free agent did enough in his first season as a starter to deserve a long-term contract.
“I think the deserving thing is to say he's the starter going into next year,” Savage said. “He's done nothing to lose the job.”
Savage also believes Anderson and Brady Quinn can co-exist on Cleveland's roster and that having two quality QBS gives the Browns a distinct advantage over other teams.
“We want to go into next season with both our quarterbacks intact,” Savage said. “You would hate for an injury at that position, if one of them is not here, to derail everything else we've put in place.”