After losing Kurt Warner to retirement this offseason, the Arizona Cardinals have looked for stability at quarterback. They took one step closer when they signed former Cleveland Brown quarterback Derek Anderson on Wednesday. Anderson was signed to a two year contract worth $7.25 million with $3.25 million garuanteed. There's also $11 million in incentives that he can make and he'll likely get a opportunity to compete for the starting nod in training camp.
Anderson spent the last four seasons with the Browns, where he appeared in 39 games during that span. In 2007, Anderson was selected to his first and only pro bowl when he threw 3787 yards and 29 touchdowns that year. Since then however, Anderson has struggled to retain his job from another former Browns quarterback, Brady Quinn. For his career, he's thrown 7,083 yards, 46 touchdowns, 45 interceptions, and has a 69.7 career QB rating.
The signing is stemming from a report that Charlie Whitehurst - whom the Cardinals showed interest in - will sign the 3rd round tender that was offered from the San Diego Chargers. The signing of Anderson also means the Cardinals won't have to give up one of their 3rd round picks - something they'd have to do to sign Whitehurst.
The Cardinals now have Anderson and Matt Leinart as the only two quarterbacks on the roster. They'll likely retain career back up, Brian St. Pierre, or look to add depth through the draft for the 3rd string spot on the depth chart.
Not losing a 3rd round pick and gaining a former pro bowl quarterback sounds good to me. What are your thoughts on the Anderson Signing?