Bears sign Jamaal Anderson


The Bears lost one former first-round pick on Thursday when defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis told the team that he’s retiring and they replaced him on the roster with another first-round selection later in the day.

The team announced that they have signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson, who the Falcons made the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft, to a one-year deal. Anderson spent the 2012 season with the Bengals, playing just two games before tearing his quadriceps, and was released earlier this month.

Bears General Manager Phil Emery was Atlanta’s director of college scouting when Anderson was drafted, so he reached out to a familiar face to help shore up the depth after Ellis’ departure.

Anderson has been a better run defender than pass rusher over his career, which also featured a one-year stop in Indianapolis for the 2011 season. That wasn’t what the Falcons expected when they spent such a high pick on Anderson way back when, but it’s a skill that could earn him a spot in the Bears’ defensive line rotation for the upcoming season.

14 responses to “Bears sign Jamaal Anderson

  1. Da Bears just assured themselves 2 wins against the vikqueefs by signing Anderson. Everyone knows the queens are totally one dimensional.

  2. Depleted? I know your a little slow in the head but we were missing our best tackle in Bulaga for most of last season. He is back, and if our other 1st round tackle (Sherrod) ever comes back from his terrible injury, we will have damn good bookends to complements our pro-bowl guards. Careful what you speak unbiasfan, you might end up with egg on your face like now.

    Not that it will matter again the Barelys anyway..we’ve won 6 straight games including one that sent us to the Super Bowl. This castoff won’t make an impact – at least with Cutler slinging the ball.

  3. @filthy:

    Downgrades at key positions?

    M. Bennett>K. Davis
    Bushrod @ LT>Webb @ LT
    Slauson & Long>Rachal & Carimi
    DJ Williams & James Anderson (and ultimately Greene & Bostic)>Urlacher and Roach
    McCown>Campbell (not by much, but still…)

    So they replaced one guy who wasn’t gonna play much (Ellis) with a different guy (Jamaal Anderson) who still isn’t gonna play much…Big deal.

  4. Falcons fans remember Jamaal Anderson being kinda sorta almost as good as DE Ray Edwards.

    Think about that one for a moment.

  5. Lol. Packers fans think the Bears downgraded and that their OL is good. Baluga is terrible. He was a high draft pick that couldn’t get on the field then when he did he was injured. Sound fimilar? It should because their other “bookend” is exactly the same. Not good enough to start over garbage and hurt. Check your PUP list packers fans. Be glad the 9ers didn’t take Rodgers. He’s all you have.

  6. I cant wait for regular season to start. I want to see packers fans panic right from game #1. tell Dom Capers the read option is coming.

  7. The hapless, tasteless Bears roster is so bad that they’ve instituted a salary freeze until the performance improves. According to an obviously disappointed Jerry Angelo, there will be no extensions until after the year.

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