James Anderson LB CHI Mar 24 '13

Bears signed LB James Anderson, formerly of the Panthers.

James Anderson LB CHI Mar 12 '13

Panthers will release LB James Anderson.

The cap-strapped Panthers are making some tough decisions. Although Anderson was due a relatively meager $2.9 million in 2013, he's entering his age-30 season and managed a mere 38 tackles in 12 games last season. Jon Beason is expected to kick to the strong-side linebacker spot now that Luke Kuechly is entrenched in the middle. The five-year, $22 million contract the Panthers gave Anderson in 2011 was another disaster from former GM Marty Hurney.

James Anderson LB CHI Apr 12 '12

Panthers SLB James Anderson expects the Carolina defensive to dial up more pressure in 2012.

It will be Sean McDermott's second year as defensive coordinator, and he comes from the blitz-heavy Jim Johnson school. "I'm quite sure when coach McDermott gets his whole, full system in, you'll see everybody going after the quarterback," said Anderson. McDermott only had about five weeks to install his defensive last season, after the lockout ended in late July.

James Anderson LB CHI Feb 24 '12

Panthers coach Ron Rivera revealed that SLB James Anderson played the second half of the 2011 season with an ankle injury.

"He had that ankle that just constantly nagged him," Rivera said. "And every day he was out there practicing, doing the best he can. I really thought he stepped up in terms of his career." Anderson set a franchise record with 174 tackles, per coaches' film review, breaking MLB Jon Beason's mark of 169 set in 2009. Anderson will be a steal for his 2012 salary of $2.4 million.

James Anderson LB CHI Nov 11 '11

Coach Ron River has "a little bit of a concern" after SLB James Anderson rolled his ankle in Thursday's practice.

Anderson was forced from practice, and the Panthers are already tissue-paper thin at linebacker. Rivera does believe Anderson, the team's leading tackler, will end up being "fine" for Sunday's game against the Titans.

James Anderson LB CHI Jul 27 '11

Panthers agreed to terms with SLB James Anderson on a five-year contract.

Anderson, who turns 28 early this season, is coming off a breakout campaign on the strong side under John Fox. The Panthers plan to be more aggressive under Ron Rivera and new coordinator Sean McDermott, and his return should particularly bode well for the team's run defense. Anderson is a high-impact linebacker. While there's no question they've overpaid in many instances, Carolina is going to be better than people think this year.

James Anderson LB CHI Jul 20 '11

The player rep for free agent OLB James Anderson confirmed that his goal is to work out a deal with the Panthers during the three-day exclusive window for negotiations.

"James has expressed an interest to me to remain in Carolina. I'm going to do everything in my power with (GM) Marty (Hurney) to make that happen," the agent said. "Marty expressed prior to the lockout that James is a priority. We'll work over the 72 hours to try to get that done. Otherwise, we'll have many other suitors."

James Anderson LB CHI Jul 19 '11

Free agent OLB James Anderson feels "pretty confident" that the Panthers will re-sign him after the lockout.

It sounds like Anderson is open to re-signing during the initial 72-hour window, which would be a nice plus for the Panthers. The 27-year-old is coming off a breakout season at strong-side linebacker and can also play the weak side.