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James Anderson | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
College: Virginia Tech
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Bears signed LB James Anderson, formerly of the Panthers.
For now at least, he'll replace Nick Roach at strong-side linebacker, with D.J. Williams in the middle and Lance Briggs continuing to hold down the weak side. Anderson, 29, was a March salary cap casualty after back-to-back brutal seasons in Carolina, particularly as a run defender. Bears GM Phil Emery should continue to add talent at linebacker via April's draft. Sun, Mar 24, 2013 04:28:00 PM

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Panthers will release LB James Anderson.

The cap-strapped Panthers are making some tough decisions. Although Anderson was due a relatively meager $2.9 million in 2013, he's entering his age-30 season and managed 38 tackles in 12 games last season. Jon Beason is expected to kick to the strong-side linebacker spot now that Luke Kuechly is entrenched in the middle. The five-year, $22 million contract the Panthers gave Anderson in 2011 was another disaster from former GM Marty Hurney.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Panthers SLB James Anderson expects the Carolina defensive to dial up more pressure in 2012.

It will be Sean McDermott's second year as defensive coordinator, and he comes from the blitz-heavy Jim Johnson school. "I'm quite sure when coach McDermott gets his whole, full system in, you'll see everybody going after the quarterback," said Anderson. McDermott only had about five weeks to install his defensive last season, after the lockout ended in late July.
Thu, Apr 12, 2012 01:03:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera revealed that SLB James Anderson played the second half of the 2011 season with an ankle injury.

"He had that ankle that just constantly nagged him," Rivera said. "And every day he was out there practicing, doing the best he can. I really thought he stepped up in terms of his career." Anderson set a franchise record with 174 tackles, per coaches' film review, breaking MLB Jon Beason's mark of 169 set in 2009. Anderson will be a steal for his 2012 salary of $2.4 million.
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 02:18:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera has "a little bit of a concern" after SLB James Anderson rolled his ankle in Thursday's practice.

Anderson was forced from practice, and the Panthers are already tissue-paper thin at linebacker. Rivera does believe Anderson, the team's leading tackler, will end up being "fine" for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 09:30:00 AM

Panthers agreed to terms with SLB James Anderson on a five-year, $22 million contract.

Anderson, who turns 28 early this season, is coming off a breakout campaign on the strong side under John Fox. The Panthers plan to be more aggressive under Ron Rivera and new coordinator Sean McDermott, and his return should particularly bode well for the team's run defense. Anderson is a high-impact linebacker. While there's no question they've overpaid in many instances, Carolina is going to be better than people think this year.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 04:51:00 PM

The player rep for free agent OLB James Anderson confirmed that his goal is to work out a deal with the Panthers during the three-day exclusive window for negotiations.

"James has expressed an interest to me to remain in Carolina. I'm going to do everything in my power with (GM) Marty (Hurney) to make that happen," the agent said. "Marty expressed prior to the lockout that James is a priority. We'll work over the 72 hours to try to get that done. Otherwise, we'll have many other suitors."
Wed, Jul 20, 2011 09:26:00 AM

Free agent OLB James Anderson feels "pretty confident" that the Panthers will re-sign him after the lockout.

It sounds like Anderson is open to re-signing during the initial 72-hour window, which would be a nice plus for the Panthers. The 27-year-old is coming off a breakout season at strong-side linebacker and can also play the weak side.
Tue, Jul 19, 2011 09:44:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects James Anderson to be re-signed as the Panthers' starting strong-side linebacker.

Jon Beason is expected to remain in the middle, and new head coach Ron Rivera supposedly thinks as highly of free agent Thomas Davis on the weak side as GM Marty Hurney does. Stout run defender Dan Connor (hip surgery) appears headed back to a reserve role, though Rivera does figure to mix in more 3-4 looks.
Thu, May 5, 2011 02:48:00 PM

The Panthers are not expected to make re-signing free agent SLB James Anderson an offseason priority.

Anderson, 27, was a beastly run defender last season, but the Panthers aren't expected to "overpay" for a strong-side linebacker. They also plan to keep free agent Thomas Davis, likely to play the weak side. Jon Beason would be the probable middle 'backer in that scenario, with Dan Connor manning SAM.
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 10:19:00 AM

Panthers SLB James Anderson sustained a concussion in Week 12 against the Browns.

Anderson has already gained medical clearance, and the Panthers are counting on him to start at Seattle. Anderson is fifth in the NFL with 99 tackles this season.
Fri, Dec 3, 2010 09:23:00 AM

Panthers strong-side linebacker James Anderson leads the team in tackles through Week 9.

He ranks eighth in the NFL in tackles, and has emerged as more than just a backup linebacker. Anderson has a great chance for a big Week 9, as he's facing off against a New Orleans team he posted 15 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries against in Week 4.
Sun, Nov 7, 2010 09:40:00 AM

James Anderson is locked into the starting strong-side linebacker job.

The injury to Thomas Davis leaves Anderson with plenty of security as the Panthers had to shuffle their linebacking corps around. The weak-side is where the IDP production though, as Anderson will be asked to take on blockers more than make plays.
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 08:41:00 AM

James Anderson was working with the first team as the Panthers strong-side linebacker at OTAs Tuesday.

Anderson is locked in a battle with Dan Connor for the starting gig. We like Connor to eventually emerge victorious as the better run stuffer, but this competition could go well into camp.
Wed, May 26, 2010 09:08:00 AM

Panthers re-signed restricted free agent LB James Anderson to a one-year, $1.176 million contract.

Anderson made seven starts last season, racking up 65 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble. He also chipped in seven stops on special teams. Anderson will compete with Dan Connor to start at strong-side linebacker. Connor projects as the stouter run defender, and is the early favorite.
Tue, Apr 20, 2010 11:18:00 AM