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Panthers signed QB Derek Anderson to a two-year, $5 million extension through 2017.

Anderson, 32, made two starts for the Panthers last season, leading the team to a 2-0 record while Cam Newton was hurt. Across those two starts and parts of three other games, Anderson completed 65-of-97 passes (67 percent) for 701 yards and a 5:0 TD:INT ratio. He's one of the better backups with a rocket arm.

Bears acquired TE Khari Lee from the Texans in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round pick.

Lee was an All-American at D-2 Bowie State and signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He didn't impress at his Pro Day, however, displaying subpar athleticism with a 5.05 forty and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Lee caught 5-of-6 preseason targets for 71 scoreless yards. The Bears like him as an inline blocker.

Free agent LB Lance Briggs has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons.

It's sad to see Briggs go out like this after being one of the premier 4-3 outside linebackers of his era. He spent his entire 11-year career in Chicago after being a 2003 third-round pick out of Arizona. Briggs was a seven-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro. He visited the 49ers in the offseason, but didn't land a contract. Briggs has decided to take a job covering the Bears with CSN Chicago.

Raiders signed ILB Lorenzo Alexander.

Alexander was part of Arizona's first cuts. He has experience at both inside and outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. A special teams standout, Alexander's signing could pose a threat to Sio Moore's roster spot.


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