UPDATE: Still waiting on the official stamp, but Anderson-to-Arizona is enough of a done deal that the terms are being reported: $7.25 million over two years, with $3.25 million in guarantees. In short, Anderson can easily be the backup, and there are build-ins, I am sure, if he starts and plays well. I will keep repeating this though — I will be stunned if Matt Leinart is anything but first-string in training camp. He certainly can’t afford to melt down, though.
Nothing is officially official yet, but it looks like Derek Anderson is the quarterback the Cards have brought in to join Matt Leinart. (Hat tip to Paul Calvisi, who ferreted it out first). No surprise. That was the vibe I was getting. I think when it got down to it the Cardinals wanted to make sure they had a QB rather than risk going after restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst and then waiting that seven days for the Chargers to make a decision — possibly losing Anderson and then having the Chargers simply match. Then the Cards would get no QB. Since the Seahawks and Cards were each talking to both Anderson and Whitehurst, that was a possibility because getting Whitehurst to sign an offer sheet would likely push the Seahawks to bear down on Anderson.
That’s all speculation, of course. What isn’t is that Anderson was linked to the Cards since the day he was released in Cleveland, and that he took a visit last week. Anderson knows strength and conditioning coach John Lott, and his Oregon background meshes well with quarterbacks coach Chris Miller, who made Oregon his home after playing there in college. I will repeat what I have said all along, I still see Leinart as the starter as long as he doesn’t struggle mightily.
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