CLEVELAND— Like one of his errant passes, quarterback Derek Anderson sent a rocket at Browns fans he wishes he could take back.
Anderson apologized to Cleveland fans Wednesday after calling them "ruthless" and adding they "don't deserve a winner" following his release.
Anderson was let go by the Browns on Tuesday, ending an uneven five-year stint. In an e-mail to the News-Herald in Willoughby, a frustrated Anderson didn't hold back: "The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner. I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured. I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them."
When Anderson injured a knee in a 2008 game against Indianapolis, some Browns fans cheered as he laid on the field. Despite making the Pro Bowl in 2007, the majority of Cleveland fans wanted the club to start Brady Quinn, a first-round pick in 2007.
On Wednesday, Anderson sent an e-mail to Cleveland media members saying he regrets some of his comments.
"I wasn't taken out of context," he said, "but I was speaking out of frustration after my career with the Browns came to a close. I had some great times playing in Cleveland … and I met some great people and made many lifelong friends along the way."
Anderson's release came one day after the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle. Anderson, 26, was due a $2 million roster bonus on March 19.
In other Browns news, former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme will visit, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and ESPN reported, leading to speculation that Quinn might also be on Cleveland's trading block.
TV report: QB admits 'contact' with woman
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admitted having "contact" with the 20-year-old woman who claims sexual assault, but he said there was no intercourse, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reported.
The admission apparently came during an interview with Roethlisberger at the nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga., where the incident reportedly took place Friday.
Roethlisberger claims the woman fell and injured her head after the incident, the TV report said. She then went to a hospital and alleged that she was sexually assaulted.
Steelers tackle Willie Colon was with Roethlisberger at the club but did not witness anything, Colon's agent said Wednesday. Colon was part of a group of friends who went to Milledgeville to celebrate Roethlisberger's 28th birthday. Two off-duty Pennsylvania law-enforcement officers were part of the group and said they didn't see anything inappropriate.
Authorities are investigating, and Roethlisberger has not been charged.
Cardinals: Tight end Anthony Becht re-signed a one-year deal. The former Buc (2005-07) has played in 152 consecutive games, third-longest streak among offensive players.
Eagles: Defensive back Marlin Jackson, coming off a pair of season-ending knee injuries with the Colts, signed a two-year deal.
Jets: Tight end Ben Hartsock re-signed for a two-year deal worth $3.2 million.
Ravens: Receiver Derrick Mason re-signed after accepting terms on a two-year deal.
Redskins: Former Panthers nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu signed a two-year, $6.975 million deal.
Texans: Guard/center Wade Smith, who started 16 games the past two seasons for the Chiefs, agreed to a four-year deal that includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money in the first year and averages about $3 million a season.
Titans: Former Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon agreed to a three-year, $11 million deal.