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January 14, 2013

Panthers backup QB Anderson hints on Facebook he's going back to Browns

Already short an offensive coordinator, the Carolina Panthers may have to start looking for a new backup quarterback.

Derek Anderson wrote on his Facebook page that he'd be "honored" to play in Cleveland again just one day after the Cleveland Browns announced former Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as their head coach. 

"Looks like it is time to make a return to a familiar place for some unfinished business," Anderson posted, according to Ohio's News-Herald. "I'd be honored to return to Cleveland to play football if the fans would have me."

Anderson served as Cam Newton's backup the past two seasons at Carolina. He appeared in two games each season and did not record a passing stat in 2011. He played in garbage time in Week 3's game against the New York Giants and filled in for an injured Newton on a handful of snaps in the 2012 season finale at New Orleans.

Chudzinski and Anderson were together with the Browns in 2007 and 2008 when Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator. Anderson went to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after passing for 3,787 yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

He left Cleveland unceremoniously following the 2009 season. He went down with a knee injury during the season and lambasted the fans for cheering his injury. After leaving the team he said Cleveland fans "didn't deserve a winner."

It's unclear whether Anderson would compete for the starting role or serve as the No. 2 quarterback in Cleveland. Rookie QB Brandon Weeden, who was drafted 22nd overall, passed for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this year.

The Panthers likely would not promote QB Jimmy Clausen to the backup role and instead would look for a veteran free agent to back up Newton, who will be entering his third NFL season.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 14, 2013 at 04:45 PM | Permalink


You could pretty much see that coming as soon as Chud was hired, and Derek Anderson was a free agent.

Posted by: Ted | Jan 14, 2013 5:18:25 PM

Jimmy Clausen as back up. That is absolutely horrifying.

Posted by: Sambo | Jan 14, 2013 5:34:49 PM

oh dear God, as a Browns fan please Derek go away.

Posted by: dave | Jan 14, 2013 5:47:47 PM

develop armanti as the eventual back up

Posted by: fan | Jan 14, 2013 6:24:37 PM

I am sure the fans in Carolina will wish Derek Anderson good luck and godspeed. He has done a good job of backing up Cam and he is available because the Panthers would only sign him to a one year deal for the time he has been here. The best of luck to Chud, Derek, and the Browns if they sign him.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jan 14, 2013 6:30:02 PM


Posted by: clyde | Jan 14, 2013 6:51:58 PM


Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jan 14, 2013 6:55:45 PM

Don't even bring up Timmy t-bone or Armanti Edwards Better off getting a true nfl Qb back up with some decent mobility.

Posted by: Big 23 | Jan 14, 2013 7:12:00 PM

Why can't Derek compete with Weeden? They're about the same age.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 14, 2013 7:25:29 PM

Why would anybody wanna go to Cleveland?

Posted by: Joey | Jan 14, 2013 7:32:02 PM

PLEASE....for the love of GOD let the Armanti Edwards and QB talk stop. All you App St fans just LET! IT! GO!

Posted by: Greg | Jan 14, 2013 7:59:02 PM

Let him jump ship and get vic as back up.

Posted by: bradscott | Jan 14, 2013 8:39:20 PM

@Ty: this will be more of hire from the new GM Gettleman not Rivera. He will have input however. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jan 14, 2013 8:46:23 PM

Can't blame Anderson, Cam's performance was inspiring. Hire Hue Jackson already!!
Sign Jason Campbell and keep Logan Thomas on your radar for 2014.
Coach able dual threat QBs who know when and how to throw, to run and hand off are on the rise.

Posted by: Mirror_Mirror | Jan 14, 2013 8:59:40 PM

Please just try Armanti at QB! He could surprise just like a guy in Seattle did!

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 14, 2013 9:00:41 PM

James Jones makes Jennings expendable! Lets get Greg Jennings!!! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jan 14, 2013 9:06:15 PM

how do you expect to sign free agents when we are $15 million over the cap?

Posted by: leonard | Jan 14, 2013 9:33:50 PM

Cam has made a few comments about "Jimmy" helping in the meeting room. It leads me to believe that HE has some faith in Clausen as a back-up.
I'm not sure what is going on in that room.

Posted by: john solis | Jan 14, 2013 9:45:04 PM

He ought to be starting for the Panthers. When is old man Richardson going to wake up ?

Posted by: Chris | Jan 14, 2013 9:47:33 PM

-D.A. was a great backup. I always had 100% faith in him to come in and win a game for us. I didn't see this move coming, but I can say it makes sense. He can go to Cleveland and actually start for that team and provide a spark next season. He makes quick good reads and gets the ball out of his hands quickly.
-I'm hoping each and everyday that the Panthers, the "new Panthers" (Cam Newton era), get rid of USELESS players such as Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards. I use the word useless loosely, as maybe Clausen and Edwards could be useful for another team and/or another system. We can sign any of the OK QBs that are going to be free agents this offseason. Maybe one with dual-threat capabilities...(Vick, Young,..etc.)

Posted by: Goddy | Jan 15, 2013 2:16:05 AM

U R a dimwit Chris! Probably a 'aints fan.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 15, 2013 6:11:48 AM

Need a prequalified backup at #2, but need to dump Clausen and make AE emergency #3. All of you wanting to dump him have never seen him throw the ball. Many in that locker room know he has the 2nd best arm on the team!

Posted by: David Crabb | Jan 15, 2013 6:38:12 AM

Oh great-there goes our chance at the playoffs NEXT YEAR too. Oh wait....

Posted by: Man Up | Jan 15, 2013 9:43:31 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnoGwWEoNd4 "That's fine, that's fine, that's fine, that's fine."

Posted by: Man Up | Jan 15, 2013 9:44:48 AM

Listen, the New G.M. will be cleaning out some of the over paid guys soon enough. Anderson knows this. Why else would he put himself out there like that. Jimmy C. is most like gone as well. So too is Armanti E. gone. This team doesn't need another flash in the pan holding down a good roster spot. Money's tight and the new G.M. will try to clean up Hurney's mess. This should have happened when John (it is what it is) Fox got fired. Sad to said this, but with yet another full staff coming on board, it looks like that Panthers will be in the back of the pack for yet another year or two. Thanks John and Marty for your incompetence and running this team into the ground. Some of you may ask for proof of this statement. Well 9 yrs is proof enough of what I just wrote. The Panthers could and should have built a pretty good team while under those two's watch and look where they are today, 7-9 with the odds stacked against them of making the playoffs next season.

Posted by: vinny_57 | Jan 15, 2013 12:30:29 PM

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