Derek Anderson Inks Deal With Arizona Cardinals; Will He Be Competing With Matt Leinart for Starter Job?

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart might have some competition if he wants to be the Cards starter next season.

The Cardinals announced today that Derek Anderson, the former QB for the atrocious Cleveland Browns, signed a two-year, $7.25 million deal with Redbirds.

Over the last few weeks, the Cardinals have been holding interviews with several veteran quarterbacks to help fill the void left by Kurt Warner's retirement.

The Cards opted to go with Anderson after another prospect, San Diego Chargers backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, showed more interest in going to the Seattle Seahawks than Arizona.

While Leinart is the heir-apparent for the starting job, and at the moment Anderson is considered the number-two quarterback, Cards Coach Ken Whisenhunt has said in the past that the Heisman Trophy winner will have to compete for the job. Now that Anderson's joined the squad, let the games begin.

Anderson was released by the Browns after a dreadful 2009 season, where he had 888 passing yards in eight games and threw 10 interceptions.

Those are awful numbers, but many analysts believe Anderson is capable of being a good QB if he's got a good team around him.

Just two years ago, Anderson made the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,787 yards with the Browns that season.

With capable receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, and Early Doucet, Anderson and the Cards could be a real threat in the NFC.

Frequent Valley Fever readers know our feelings on Leinart: He could be good, but he just hasn't been. Please surprise us, Matt.


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