Charlotte, NC - A solid backup quarterback is hard to come by in the NFL. The Panthers are lucky enough to have a backup signal caller in Derek Anderson who can step in, if Cam Newton goes down, and still win games. The Panthers making sure Derek Anderson, remains in town by signing him to a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him with the Panthers through the 2017 season.
"I’m excited about this for my family. To be here with the players, coaches and management we have – everything is top notch," Anderson said. "It was a no-brainer for me."
In his 11th NFL season, Anderson joined the Panthers as a free agent prior to the 2011 season and has served as the team’s primary backup quarterback since then. In 2014, Anderson started two games for an injured Cam Newton, leading the Panthers to victories in those games, both against Tampa Bay
“Derek adds stability to the quarterback position as the backup, and we have tremendous confidence in him,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “His experience and veteran leadership has been important in the quarterbacks room and with the coaches. We’re securing a veteran player who has been a big part of what we’re building.”
A Pro Bowl selection in 2007 with Cleveland when he threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns, Anderson has played in 59 career games with 43 starts. He has career totals of 9,907 yards and 58 touchdowns with 55 interceptions on 825-of-1,537 passing for a 71.3 passer rating. He has played for Baltimore (2005), Cleveland (2005-09), Arizona (2010) and Carolina (2011-present) in his career.