The Carolina Panthers locked up another key piece to their success by signing quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year contract extension, according to the team’s site. A backup quarterback doesn’t get a great deal of publicity but having a solid veteran like Anderson, is a huge boost for a team.
Last year, the former Pro Bowl quarterback played a major role in the Panthers claiming their second consecutive NFC South title. He started two games for an injured Cam Newton and was able to help the team win both games thanks to three touchdowns and zero turnovers. He had two other touchdown passes at the end of blowout losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers last year.
Anderson joined the Panthers prior to the 2011 season and didn’t see a great deal of playing time his first seasons with Carolina. To be exact, he threw a total of four regular season passes (completing them all) prior to the 2014 season.
Prior to his time in Carolina, Anderson played one season with the Arizona Cardinals after five seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In 2007, as a member of the Browns, Anderson made it to the Pro Bowl thanks to 3,787 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. That was the only season Anderson has thrown more than 10 touchdowns or 2,500 passing yards.
The Panthers front office has been extremely busy this offseason getting key players in this organization signed to long term contract extensions. The team was able to sign tight end Greg Olsen, linebacker Thomas Davis and quarterback Cam Newton prior to this extension for Anderson.
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