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James Anderson | Linebacker | #42

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (88) / CAR
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Saints signed LB James Anderson.
Anderson has been out of the league since last season, but gets a look from the Saints and will pitch in on special teams. He turned 32 in September. Mon, Nov 9, 2015 08:00:00 PM

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Titans signed LB James Anderson.

He's taking the roster spot of Zach Brown, who has been sent to injured reserve with a torn pectoral. Anderson has made 59 starts over the past four seasons, but been largely ineffective. Zaviar Gooden and Wesley Woodyard will pick up Brown's lost snaps.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Free agent LB James Anderson worked out for the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Joining Anderson for the workout were free agent LBs Zac Diles, Moise Fokou, and Yawin Smallwood. Anderson, 31, was released by the Pats two weekends ago. He led the Bears in tackles in 2013 and is best in coverage, though he's really not great at anything. Arizona was likely just updating its emergency list.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 09:25:00 PM

Patriots released LB James Anderson.

30-year-old Anderson was competing for a reserve role in New England's sub-packages, but obviously didn't show enough. The longtime Panther was outlasted on the 75-man roster by undrafted rookies.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Patriots signed LB James Anderson, formerly of the Bears.

Anderson, 31 in September, led Chicago in tackles last season (102) as a 16-game starter on the outside. He's his best as a coverage linebacker in nickel packages, and will give New England options behind MLB Jerod Mayo and WLB Jamie Collins. SLB Dont'a Hightower comes off the field on most passing downs.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Free agent LB James Anderson worked out for the Patriots last week.

ESPN Boston believes Anderson could appeal to the Patriots due to his athleticism and ability to play in coverage. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Anderson was a big part of the Bears' nickel package last season. In New England, he'd be a role player after leading the Bears in tackles. The Patriots' current linebacker trio consists of SLB Dont'a Hightower, MLB Jerod Mayo, and WLB Jamie Collins.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, May 25, 2014 11:03:00 AM

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

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

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