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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Panthers have signed free agent quarterback Derek Anderson, a six-year NFL veteran already familiar with the offense.
Anderson, who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season, attended the latter part of Monday evening's practice, the Panthers' first in pads. but did not participate. Per NFL rules, he won't be allowed to practice until the new League year begins Thursday.
Anderson had his best pro success under Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. In 2007, when Chudzinski was offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Anderson helped them to a 10-6 record, throwing for 2,787 yards to earn Pro Bowl honors.
Anderson threw 29 touchdowns against 19 interceptions in 15 starts that season. Since then, he's thrown 29 interceptions against 19 touchdowns in 23 starts, but the Panthers are banking on him recapturing his previous form.
"'Chud' spoke very highly of his abilities," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "We had an opportunity and watch tape on him from when he played last season and visit with him. The conversation was very good and what we watched on tape was good.
"I've always said is we're going to compete at that position for sure. He'll become part of a competition."
Rivera indicated that Anderson is being brought in both to compete with and counsel recent draft picks Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen.
Anderson starred at Oregon State, ranking second in Pac-10 history with 79 touchdown passes. The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.