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Report: Anderson appears headed for Cardinals

The following tweet comes from Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official team website:

QB Derek Anderson
reportedly agrees with Cards
.”

We’re not entirely sure if Urban is reporting the news himself or if someone else is, so we’ll hold off saying this one is official just yet.

The move would make a lot of sense, though.  The Cardinals don’t want to risk losing Anderson and Charlie Whitehurst.  There has been speculation that Seattle’s acquisition of an extra draft pick Tuesday in exchange for Darryl Tapp will be used to get Whitehurst.

The Cardinals want a viable option at quarterback in case Matt Leinart doesn’t pan out.  Anderson’s track record is spotty, but he does fit a vertical offense like Arizona’s attack best.  We wouldn’t be shocked if Anderson beat him out for the job.

UPDATE: Sports 620 KTAR reporter
Paul Calvisi reports the Cardinals will announce Anderson’s signing Wednesday.

UPDATE II: NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora confirms that Anderson has agreed to terms.

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36 Responses to “Report: Anderson appears headed for Cardinals”
  1. superbowl says: Mar 17, 2010 12:06 PM

    why do teams in need of a QB feel is is neccessary to collect a BUNCH OF BAD (by NFL standards) QB’s?
    bullshit. make a move – have some balls and go get a player – you need a player at that position.

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 17, 2010 12:07 PM

    maybe the Seahawks would trade Matt Hasslebeck for Matt Linehart
    straight up

  3. Duck Fallas says: Mar 17, 2010 12:08 PM

    Actually, the rest of the tweet was cut off. It was meant to say “QB Derek Anderson reportedly agrees with Cards, Jersey Shore Season 2 shouldn’t leave NJ”

  4. birdmancometh says: Mar 17, 2010 12:09 PM

    Agreed with them about what?

  5. riddlecleve says: Mar 17, 2010 12:09 PM

    Good Luck Arizona…If Anderson isn’t tripping over his own feet he will surely be putting a bad stamp on the stats and career of Lary Fitzgerald.

  6. suvantar says: Mar 17, 2010 12:12 PM

    Derek Anderson will probably become the starter for the Cardinals.
    The Browns prior to Anderson being the full time starter since 2003: 25-45.
    The Browns with Anderson as full time starter: 13-10.
    The Browns after they started Quinn over Anderson for the Denver game in 2008: 6-17.
    One of these things is not like the other. It will be interesting to see what this guy does somewhere where the fans aren’t erupting in cheers when he gets hurt and he isn’t being used as nothing more than a tool to keep some other guy from getting the $10 million the team would otherwise owe him.
    I think the fans of other teams in the NFC West are going to regret the Browns giving up on this guy after the Ravens loss in 2008.

  7. simple_simon1 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:12 PM

    LOL…. Well Leinart. So much for being a starter. If Anderson was able to take a team with very little talent to the playoffs a couple years ago he’ll do great throwing to those receivers in Arizona. If this is a true pick up it’s a great one by the Cards.

  8. Dixon29 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:13 PM

    A viable option? Really? Pay Warner 20 million a year, then you have a viable option.
    DA should start for them though, as he is better than Leinart.

  9. Citizen Strange says: Mar 17, 2010 12:13 PM

    If anybody can get Derek Anderson to be a pro bowl qb again it’s Whiz.

  10. ArrowheadPride says: Mar 17, 2010 12:14 PM

    The Cardinals want a viable option in case Matt Leinart doesnt pan out…. So in other words Anderson will be the starter..

  11. Phil Wright says: Mar 17, 2010 12:17 PM

    Anderson’s a “viable option.” Since when?

  12. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:18 PM

    Derek Anderson is a bum. Should of gave the Eagles the 1st round pick for Mcnabb. Larry Fitzgerald is going to have one Miserable year.

  13. Harm City Homer says: Mar 17, 2010 12:24 PM

    That is a good move. DA can throw the deep ball. When he had Edwards and Winslow to toss it up to he had 29 TDs, with the Clowns. He can get all Vinny Testaverde on you, but with weapons and protection he can put up some stats and wins for you. Fitzgerals could be even more dangerous than he was with Kurt, who pretty much just put it up for grabs deep, where DA should be able to lead him. He can really air it out, but throws right into coverage if forced to go underneath.

  14. Codename says: Mar 17, 2010 12:24 PM

    Clearly the Cardinals didn’t actually watch Anderson play.

  15. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:24 PM

    If Matt Leinart struggles even a little bit the fans will be calling for INT-Throwing-Anderson.

  16. mastablasta says: Mar 17, 2010 12:27 PM

    matty better come out strong,cause if this is true,and anderson is gonna sign with the cards,if he dont come out strong,derek will do great things with this offense,the rbs,wrs,lines hell even the tight end play is better out there in arizona,i think he can do great things with his huge arm when every wide receiver isnt dropping the ball,ie,braylon[stone hands] edwards,i would like to see matt lienart make it,just saying i think anderson is more than capable of doing great things with that offense

  17. troyofohio says: Mar 17, 2010 12:45 PM

    UPDATE III: Derek Anderson just tweeted ” Cardinal fans are ruthless and do not deserve a winner, however, there the only team that will take me and PAY me so I guess im a cardinal”

  18. Startled Armadillo says: Mar 17, 2010 12:48 PM

    DA can throw the long ball…only problem is he has no ability to tell the difference between receiver, cornerback, safety, or turf. DA’s success relies heavily on receivers and tight ends having good years…if they’re willing/able to make diving, spectacular catches, DA will put up some good numbers.
    Also, looking forward to 2011 when the Browns play the Cardinals…I’m curious what it will look like when DA “rolls the browns” as he has promised.

  19. Dawg4Life says: Mar 17, 2010 1:00 PM

    All this confindence makes me wonder how many Browns games any of you have actually watched…..let’s not forget this is the QB who could not beat out either Quinn or Frye for the starting job in Cleveland (and we all know how tallented those two are). DA did have one good year, but watch the film and you will see all the circus catches made by Winslow and Edwards that padded his stats. After starting out the year on fire, his numbers gradually went down once teams had some film on him. While he does have a strong arm it takes a lot more than that to succeed at QB. I’ve coached some 6th and 7th graders that can read a defense beter,and make better decisions than he did while in Cleveland.

  20. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Mar 17, 2010 1:03 PM

    Anderson will hit Fitzgerald between the numbers, don’t worry about that. Worry that the numbers will be the ones on the BACK of his jersey.

  21. Florida727 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:16 PM

    They want a viable option in case Leinart doesn’t pan out…
    Someone questioned if Anderson is a ‘viable option’.
    I want to know what does it take to finally figure out someone is NOT ‘panning out’?

  22. ArtModellsPimp says: Mar 17, 2010 1:24 PM

    DA’s track record is “spotty”??? That’s funny.
    How about “shitty”?
    Yep…that’s it. Shitty.

  23. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 17, 2010 1:24 PM

    What do you do when you have one QB firmly entrenched in mediocrity? You go get another one just like him. This is about as bad as the offseason where Miami was headed into August with total crap at QB until Chad Pennington fell into their laps. Arizona better hope for a similar miracle.

  24. edgy1957 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:26 PM

    Greg, it ain’t gonna happen. Anderson isn’t a Kurt Warner and if he can’t beat back Brady Quinn, I don’t see him beating out Matt.

  25. VikingFan09 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:29 PM

    Anderson is good people…..people.

  26. VaSteel says: Mar 17, 2010 1:33 PM

    This is hilarious. It used to be that Cleveland was as low as you could go. Now we know there is somewhere to go that’s even worse.
    The only players AZ can pick up are the ones with no other options. You know it’s the losing franchise because it’s a nice place to live!

  27. Mike D says: Mar 17, 2010 1:41 PM

    Smart move. Anderson is clearly not a world beater, but he throws a good deep ball and has played well in the past (albeit inconsistently). I’d have to think those WRs will make him look better, too.
    Decent move on AZs part.

  28. suvantar says: Mar 17, 2010 1:59 PM

    All this confindence makes me wonder how many Browns games any of you have actually watched…..let’s not forget this is the QB who could not beat out either Quinn or Frye for the starting job in Cleveland (and we all know how tallented those two are). DA did have one good year, but watch the film and you will see all the circus catches made by Winslow and Edwards that padded his stats. After starting out the year on fire, his numbers gradually went down once teams had some film on him. While he does have a strong arm it takes a lot more than that to succeed at QB. I’ve coached some 6th and 7th graders that can read a defense beter,and make better decisions than he did while in Cleveland.
    ***
    Quite a few of them. Enough to know that Anderson’s performance in Cleveland was light years better than any other quarterback they’ve had since coming back into the league.
    I know at the beginning of 2008, when their schedule was loaded with playoff teams from the prior season that the first half of the ’08 season was going to be brutal for them. I figured if they were just 4-4 at the halfway point, they’d have a shot.
    So they were at 3-4 and comfortably ahead of the Ravens 27-13 when the defense collapsed. I don’t know about you, but if my qb put up 27 points on an NFL team, I’d figure to win the game more often than not.
    But unfortunately, it just isn’t what happened. The defense collapsed. Gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter and Anderson threw a desperation pick-6 with not much time left as he was driving to either retake the lead or tie the game. This was also after Edwards dropped a sure touchdown pass in the end zone earlier when the game was tied.
    -shrug-
    Yeah, the pick was bad, but his performance that game wasn’t enough, imo, to give up on him and give the nod to Quinn at that point.
    Coincidentally, Quinn’s first start against the Broncos was almost a carbon copy of this game, up to and including the defense collapsing and blowing a double digit lead in a game they had well in hand.
    So the rest of the season, Quinn comes in and loses all of his starts except the Buffalo game, for which he can thank the Bills’ FG kicker for missing an easily makeable field goal at the end. Then Quinn gets hurt. DA starts against Indy, has the team up 6-3 near the end of the game, when he takes a blind-side hit that blows out his knee and he fumbles.
    The fumble is returned for a TD and the Browns fans cheer for the fact that the only QB in the last decade who has a winning record for them just blew out his knee and is lost for the season.
    I barely count any of his starts in 2009. It was so obvious from the outset after starting 0-3 that the only reason he was in the game was to keep Quinn from reaching his performance bonus.
    So you tell me, what’s his motivation to perform there in ’09?
    To play for fans that clearly did not want him there even though he was the only winner they’ve had since the team left for Baltimore and actually cheered when he went down? To play for a coach that viewed him as an expendable piece to use to save the team money?
    Ironically, however, the Browns won 5 times in ’09. Guess who was filling in for Quinn when 3 of those wins happened?

  29. Browns Fan til' Death says: Mar 17, 2010 2:19 PM

    D.A has inconsistant accuracy…..he had his Pro Bowl stats when he had a receiver and a T.E that were catching everything within 10 yards of them…so with the receivers in AZ I can see D.A blowing up again.

  30. ArtModellsPimp says: Mar 17, 2010 2:28 PM

    suvantar = DA’s agent, no doubt.
    Josh Cribbs had more to do with those wins than DA did. Check it out.

  31. suvantar says: Mar 17, 2010 2:44 PM

    Just as an addition about that 8 game run to start off 2008… the Browns faced 4 of the top 5 ranked defenses in the league a total of 5 times. Furthermor, 7 of the 8 had defenses ranked in the top half of the league. The only one that didn’t was Jacksonville, which was ranked 17th.
    Win/Loss – Team – Defense Ranking
    L – Dallas – 8
    L – Pittsburgh – 1
    L – Baltimore – 2
    W – Cincinnati – 12
    W – New York Giants – 5
    L – Washington – 4
    W – Jacksonville – 17
    L – Baltimore – 2
    Against these teams, Anderson’s performance was uneven, but he was playing for the Cleveland Browns and he put up 31 against the Giants 5th ranked defense and 27 against the Ravens’ 2nd ranked defense.
    This was not happening, by the way, during the ‘one year he was good’ that so many Browns’ fans like to talk about. This was at the start of ’08, when many had written him off and thought that he ‘sucked.’

  32. brownsfn says: Mar 17, 2010 2:45 PM

    The Cardinals want a viable option at quarterback in case Matt Leinart doesn’t pan out. Anderson’s track record is spotty, but he does fit a vertical offense like Arizona’s attack best. We wouldn’t be shocked if Anderson beat him out for the job….
    hahahahaahhaahahahahhahahahahahahahha

  33. xspixels says: Mar 17, 2010 2:52 PM

    wow you people must be retarded. Derek Anderson is a great Quarterback. The one and only reason he did so well in 07 with the browns is because of Joe Jurevicius. The man could catch everything on 3rd down. Whines-lo and Butter Fingers didnt do too bad that year, but they are sure as hell not the reason he did so well in 2007. So to all you idiots saying ” You must not have been watching too many browns games” I say to you. Open your eyes!!!!! You are the idiots that were cheering for Brady “Noodle Arm” Quinn. I am so happy he is gone. I cant wait to see him ruin Brandon Marshal’s career!!!!!!

  34. suvantar says: Mar 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    suvantar = DA’s agent, no doubt.
    Josh Cribbs had more to do with those wins than DA did. Check it out.
    ***************************
    No, not really. I am as disappointed by the way that the ’08 season ended and the way that the ’09 season went as anyone who wants the Browns to do well.
    The difference is that I am looking at the situation in the context in which it occurred, rather than blindly dismissing a player who did more within the system than any qb who has been the regular starter did before him and more than the one who replaced him did after he was demoted.
    The numbers are pretty simple. Since 2003:
    25-45 before DA.
    13-10 with DA.
    6-17 after DA was demoted.
    Those numbers are not a mirage. Those numbers are facts. The Browns were a .565 team with him under center and a .333 team without him under center.
    Yes, there were other players than DA during the 2007 season and the first half of 2008, but I will tell you one thing. I would much rather have a quarterback that elevated a .333 franchise and nearly took them to the playoffs than one that singlehandedly submarined a .750 franchise in their last playoff appearance and personally threw away their 2009 campaign.

  35. corsair82 says: Mar 17, 2010 4:39 PM

    I’ll make y’all a deal. As a Raider fan, I’ll trade you Russell for Leinart straight up.
    Any takers???

  36. danlinker says: Mar 18, 2010 3:46 PM

    Knock DA all you want, but if you were a cards fan you would just be happy like me, that Leinart will likely get beat out by DA.
    Would you want Leinart tossing powder puff lobs for your team? Every time he throws a pass, I fear the pick, and sometimes the pick 6.
    At least DA can get it downfield.
    In a perfect world, cards would still have warner. But that’s over.

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