By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Derek Anderson is back in the NFL. He has signed with the Buffalo Bills. The veteran quarterback has signed a one-year deal.
He re-joins a 53-roster after being out of the NFL for the first five weeks of the season. He has been signed to be a mentor to starter Josh Allen, who is in his rookie season.
“First and foremost, he’s a team-first guy,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. “A guy that has been around, whether as a starter or a backup. A lot of football over the years. He’s got a good outlook on the game from an offensive standpoint. He understands defenses. So there’s just a lot of value to it in terms of where we are right now in that quarterback room.
“I think highly of Derek having been around him in Carolina and how he not only played, but also was a primary backup and helped Cam (Newton) in his learning curve. I was on the defensive side so I wasn’t in the room there, but he’s a good quarterback, who has played and also backed up so he’s got some good wisdom stored up in that brain.”
The 35-year-old Portland, Oregon native played seven seasons with the Panthers. With his addition, the team released safety Dean Marlowe.
Anderson, McDermott, and Bills GM Brandon Beane all have ties to the Panthers franchise. In fact, McDermott and Beane were there for six of his seven seasons with the team.
In addition, Anderson also previously worked with Brian Daboll, who is the Bills offensive coordinator. Those two spent the 2009 season together with the Cleveland Browns.
Daboll was the offensive coordinator, while Anderson appeared in eight games, including seven starts.
Anderson was a sixth-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. However, he spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Browns, before going to the Arizona Cardinals for one season. He then landed with the Panthers in 2011.
In seven seasons with the Panthers, he has appeared in 25 games. He made four starts, going 2-2. Anderson went 111 of 168 for 1,265 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Anderson played four seasons with the Browns, where he appeared in 39 games and made 34 starts. He had 16 wins and 18 losses in those starts. He also went 587 of 1,109 for 7,083 yards with 46 touchdowns and 45 interceptions.
He appeared in 12 games with the Cardinals, including nine starts. He had two wins and seven losses. He went 169 of 327 for 2,065 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
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