Panthers sign QB Anderson

Quarterback Derek Anderson makes a pass against the Chargers in San Diego, Calif. Oct. 3, 2010....

Quarterback Derek Anderson makes a pass against the Chargers in San Diego, Calif. Oct. 3, 2010. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters)

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Cast off by the Arizona Cardinals last week, quarterback Derek Anderson signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

Anderson was one of three quarterbacks who started games for the Cardinals last season, but he was released last Thursday when the team traded for Kevin Kolb.

The Panthers added Anderson to a quarterback core that includes No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton, who signed his rookie contract on Friday, and 2010 second-round pick Jimmy Clausen.

Anderson, 28, threw for 2,065 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions for the Cardinals last season after seeing time with the Browns the previous four years.

It wasn't a good year for Arizona quarterbacks.

Among the uglier moments, Anderson berated a room full of reporters last November after a 21-point loss to the 49ers on Monday night, cursing several times during a brief post-game appearance and storming out of the room after he was asked about a TV clip that showed him laughing with one of his linemen on the sideline during the fourth quarter.

The Panthers were certainly in need of quarterback help after going 2-14 last season with Clausen and Matt Moore under center. They finished with a total touchdown-to-interception ratio of 9-to-21.


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