The Browns are expected to pursue a quarterback in free agency as they search for someone to compete with incumbent starter Brandon Weeden.

The market officially opens for business at 4 p.m. today.

In January, a rumor surfaced about former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson possibly returning to Cleveland via free agency. This morning, Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com tweeted he heard the same thing last month at the NFL Scouting Combine and that the rumblings have continued.

Anderson had his best NFL season and went to the Pro Bowl in 2007, when new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator during a previous tour in Cleveland. Chudzinski spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, and Anderson served as their backup quarterback.

Anderson used Facebook in January to flirt with the possibility of returning to the Browns. His departure from Cleveland was ugly.

After the Browns released Anderson on March 9, 2010, he ripped Browns fans in an e-mail to the News-Herald.

“The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner,” Anderson wrote then. “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.”

Anderson, 29, isn’t the only potential quarterback target for the Browns in free agency, but there aren’t many others.

Matt Moore re-signed with the Miami Dolphins last week, and restricted free-agent Brian Hoyer recently received a second-round tender offer from the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns don’t have a second-round pick this year because they forfeited it by selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon last summer in the supplemental draft. In other words, they’re out of the mix for Hoyer.